Orange snow-ice warning issued as snow showers expected

Dublin Hit With Snow Overnight

The National Directorate for Fire and Management is monitoring the situation.

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.

A yellow snow-ice alert remains in place for the rest of the country until 9am tomorrow.

Passengers travelling to and from Dublin Airport on Sunday have been urged to contact their airline for the status of their respective flights after a number of scheduled flights were cancelled due to poor weather conditions. Trams are running between The Point and Tallaght.

People sleeping rough during the latest cold snap have been offered emergency accommodation, according to the national housing and homelessness charity the McVerry Trust.

Dublin Airport is now open for traffic, but previously suspended runway traffic to clear fallen snow.

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In a tweet issued after upgrading its STATUS ORANGE snow ice weather warning, the forecaster said snow had fallen persistently through some of the most populated counties of the country.

Scattered heavy snow showers are likely to continue in the counties affected by the status orange weather warning throughout Sunday, leading to accumulations in places and some drifting.

There's been heavy snowfall around Nass in Kildare and New Ross in Wexford. Iarnrod Eireann is also expecting delays of up to 45 minutes on the Dublin-Sligo route and DART services, with Dublin City Council and local councils confirming road crews are working to clear snow wherever it can.

Road conditions are treacherous around Tullamore in county Offaly while in Wicklow all routes on higher ground are experiencing snow and icy conditions.

Brian Farrell from the Road Safety Association says we need to use some common sense.

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