Storm Emma: Everything you need to know before Saturday morning

Storm Emma: Everything you need to know before Saturday morning

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The blizzard could have passed however significant snowfall, power outages and travel disruptions continue.

Here is everything you need to understand before Sat morning:

What weather warnings are still in place?

Met Eireann has extended the ongoing status Red warning for Dublin, Kildare, Wexford, Wicklow and Meath until 9am tomorrow morning.

Status Orange snow-ice warning for Munster, Carlow, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth, Offaly, Westmeath, Cavan, Monaghan and galway until 9am tomorrow

Status Yellow snow-ice warning for Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo and Roscommon until 9am tomorrow.

What was said at tonight’s National Emergency Coordination group meeting?

There may be a “serious threat to life” in Wexford as the South East can bear the worst of the impact of today’s snow and ice, according to the group.

It could be two weeks before hospitals are back to normal. there’s expected to be a surge in patients once the snow clears. Those with fractures are suggested to attend injury clinics instead of Emergency Departments

The ESB expects more power outages within the South East tonight.

High-tide warning remains in place until monday.

The M50 is proving particularly difficult to clear of snow – all drivers are being urged to avoid it.

Will it be safe to drive tomorrow?

An Garda Siochana is advising folks to avoid creating unnecessary journeys.

A “conveyor belt” of snow and sleet can still batter the east of the country tonight, leading to fresh calls for people to avoid travel.

What are the latest travel updates?

Aer Lingus has cancelled more than 50 flights from Dublin airport for Sat. The airline is advising all passengers to check the status of their individual flights tomorrow before travelling to the airport.

Ryanair said it’s had to cancel a number of flights to and from Dublin airport for tomorrow. Ryanair said all customers have been notified and may avoid traveling to the airport up until 11am tomorrow morning.

Dublin Bus says it’s monitoring routes however expects to resume services tomorrow, though disruption is expected to some routes and diversions could also be in place.

Bus Eireann has said it may operate some of its expressway services tomorrow. they have suggested customers to see their website for updates.

What next?

Met Éireann has warned that flooding is likely once the snow begins to thaw.

A high-tide warning remains in place for Cork until monday and eastern coastal areas.

The public has been urged to avoid rivers and coastal areas in the coming days.

Are schools going to reopen on Monday?

All schools might not be ready to re-open on monday because of the continuing disruption caused by weather.

Rural schools in the regions worst hit by the extreme weather events are most in danger of a delayed return.

Séamus Mulconry, general secretary of the Catholic primary school Management Association (CPSMA), which represents 90pc of the country’s 3,200 primary schools, said: “I don’t think we’ll extremely understand until Sunday what the outlook is for monday and whether a principal can create an informed call.”