Weather Alert: Met Éireann issues snow-ice warning for Longford ahead of expected 'Beast from the East' blizzards

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Weather Alert: Met Éireann issues snow-ice warning for Longford ahead of expected 'Beast from the East' blizzards

Weather Alert: Met Éireann issues snow-ice warning for Longford ahead of expected 'Beast from the East' blizzards

Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow snow-ice warning for Longford and a number of other counties ahead of the expected snow blizzard coming from the east.

The Status Yellow warning, which is valid from Tuesday, February 27 at 6pm until 11am on Wednesday, February 28, is also in place for counties Offaly, Westmeath, Kilkenny, Cork, Tipperary and Waterford.

Meanwhile, a Status Orange weather alert has been issued by Met Éireann for counties Laois, Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Louth, Wicklow and Meath and it is valid from 3pm on Tuesday, February 27 until 11am on Wednesday, February 28.

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Scattered snow showers on Tuesday night will lead to accumulations of 4 to 6cm by Wednesday morning. Widespread frost and icy conditions also.

A blizzard and Status Red weather warning is on the cards a senior Met Éireann weather forecaster has warned.

Eveyln Cusack gave an update on the impact of the weather that will accompany air coming from Siberia is coming from the North Pole.

Speaking on Morning Ireland on RTÉ Radio 1 she said the first of the snow is set to fall on Tuesday. By Wednesday morning she said there is going to be a fair amount of snow along eastern coastal counties and pushing west as far as Laois, Offaly, Westmeath and Longford.

"The high danger evening countrywide is for Thursday, Thursday evening and Friday as we call what is dynamic snow with a weather system pushing up from the Bay of Biscay. A lot of precipitation is associated with it and as it hits the cold air of Ireland and Britain there is a high risk of some very heavy snow," she said.

She was not in a position to give amounts but expects a blanket of snow. She said the country will experience blizzard-like conditions later in the week.

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