Snow ploughs in action in Mountmellick.
Met Éireann has issued new Status Red and Orange snow-ice warnings for Laois, Dublin, Kildare and other counties as as Storm Emma continues to cause havoc across Ireland.
A number of Leinster counties prieviously under a Status Red alert have now been downgraded but are now on the second highest level of alter.
These include Laois, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth, Offaly, Westmeath. Also under Orange is Cavan, Monaghan and Galway. Cork, Kerry, Tipperary, Limerick, Waterford and Clare have also been put on the second highest level of alter.
The forecaster says snow accumulations continuing to increase due to further falls of snow.
A Status Red alert was issued on Wednesday night and was due to expire at 6pm this evening.
The Status Orange - which is for weather conditions which have the capacity to impact significantly on people in the affected areas - is in effect from 4pm today and will expire at 9am tomorrow (Saturday) morning.
People living in many of the counties under Orange warning will be impacted by the new Status Red Warning issued.
Snow-ice Warning for Dublin, Kildare, Wexford, Wicklow and Meath is in place until 9am on Saturday morning due to the significant snow accumulations which Met Éireann says are continuing to increase significantly due to further heavy falls of snow caused by Storm Emma.
Many people working in Dublin have to travel via roads and rail through Kildare.
A Status Yellow snow-ice Warning for Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon and Sligo is also valid until 9am Saturday.
Continuing very cold & windy with further falls of snow, leading to further accumulations & icy conditions. The snow will be heaviest in eastern and southern areas. Some flooding in eastern & locally in some southern coastal areas in strong and gusty east to northeasterly winds. pic.twitter.com/vSGB8qAczV— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) March 2, 2018