People in many parts of Donegal woke to see coverings of snow this morning as Storm Eunice makes landfall.
The winter storm will continue for longer than anticipated, forecasters said, with status yellow warnings extended until Saturday.
People are being urged to travel only if absolutely necessary this morning, while Donegal County Council’s gritters are treating all main routes from 5am.
A Status Red wind warning is in operation for Cork, Kerry and Clare until 8am. Waterford will be until the same warning from 7am.
Donegal is under a status orange wind warning until 11am and a status orange snow warning until 3pm. Following this, the county moves into the status yellow alerts for snow and ice until 10am Saturday, and the wind and rain warnings will continue until 6pm this evening.
Universities, schools and childcare services in Donegal and eight other counties have been advised to close today. As a result, Bus Eireann school services are not running. Those travelling on local link rural transport services are being advised to check the Facbeook page for updates: https://www.facebook.com/LocalLinkDSL/posts/1379720319148676
Donegal County Council can be contacted during normal business hours on 074 91 53900 and in the event of an out-of-hours emergency the Council’s Road Service can be contacted on 074 91 72288. For emergencies requiring the assistance of the Fire Service call 999 or 112.
You can keep up to date on conditions by signing up for free alerts to your phone by registering at www.mapalerter.com/donegal or by following Donegal County Council on Facebook or on Twitter @DonegalCouncil.