Weather warning in Louth downgraded to orange

ESB Networks say they're continuing to restore power to thousands of homes across the country in extremely challenging conditions.

Authorities say it could be several hours before the full extent of the damage is known. "Lowest temperatures of -2C to +2C with mderate east to northeast winds".

With Louth County Council stopping snow plough and gritting operations, motorists are urged to stay off the road and remain indoors for their own safety in light of ongoing Status Red weather warnings.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said the risk to life presented by the severe weather conditions should not be underestimated by anyone.

It is expected to hit Ireland harder than anywhere else, and it is predicted to be the worst snow storms since 1982.

The decision was taken by forecasters in Met Eireann at 11pm on Wednesday night over the threat of snow and ice.

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The Luas Red Line will operate today from 1pm from Red Cow to The Point with a limited service, while Dublin Bus are due to resume from midday subject to road conditions.

Flights are also expected to begin arriving and departing at Dublin Airport in the morning.

Education Minister Richard Bruton said schools and colleges across the country will reopen on Monday "where possible".

The HSE has cancelled all non-urgent surgeries planned for Saturday 3rd March.

Dublin City Council said that because of high tides, vehicle parks on the Strand Road in Sandymount and on the Clontarf Road near the Alfie Byrne junction, will be closed until next Monday.