Orange Weather Alert now issued for Kilkenny and Carlow

Met √Čireann said scattered heavy snow showers overnight and tomorrow morning will lead to accumulations of snow in places

Along with a status yellow snow-ice warning being in place for the whole country until 9 am tomorrow, a status orange snow-ice warning is in place for Louth, as well as Dublin, Kildare, Meath, Wexford, Wicklow and Waterford until midday today.

"We advise customers to plan their journey in advance and check our website www.dublinbus.ie for information on their route", they said.

"Dublin Bus is monitoring the situation on an ongoing basis and is taking advice from Met √Čireann".

Irish Rail are operating services as usual but have warned of delays.

Sunday services are operating on the lines as planned, but services on the Maynooth line are operating up to half an hour late due to the snowy conditions.

All other services are operating.

Events around Dublin have been cancelled such as the Festival Big Day Out in Merrion Square and the Irish Rugby team's homecoming in the Aviva Stadium.

There are also disruptions for Luas passengers due to a signal fault.

"Please be conscious of local conditions & take appropriate precautions".

"The snow is blowing around a lot", Mr Eagleton told RTE Radio One.

"Significant accumulations of snow are likely through Leinster and east-Ulster but snow-showers will be well scattered elsewhere", says the forecaster.

According to the Met Eireann forecast, it will be very cold and windy this evening and tonight with clear periods and snow showers spreading westwards, but it should hold mainly dry in Atlantic coastal counties.

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