OUTLOOK: Wintry showers will now run into the weekend - here is the forecast for the coming days
The Beast from the East is due to meet Storm Emma over Ireland today bringing blizzard like conditions - but what does the forecast for the coming days look like?
With Storm Emma and the polar front dubbed 'The Beast from The East' due to meet Ireland on Thursday bringing blizzard-like conditions a Status Red weather warning has been issued for the entire country. But what can we expect when the storm clears?
Met Éireann forecaster Evelyn Cusack said the "clash zone" where Storm Emma will meet Arctic temperatures, the so-called 'Beast from the East', is over Ireland which prompted the Red warning.
Speaking on RTE's Morning Ireland, Ms Cusacksaid that there are "exceptionally" low temperatures expected today.
"It's going to be -6C or -7C and there will be wind chill effects. The lowest temperatures will be in the west and north-west. A lot of snow showers have been pushing westwards from the Irish sea."
Ms Cusack said there will be freezing conditions throughout the day.
"The warning is for the low temperatures and snow showers are more widespread, and so it's the combination of these wintry conditions that has led to status Red conditions.
"The 4pm warning is countrywide because the initial part of Storm Emma is going to hit the south-east first. It will then hit the rest of the country later in the day. It's 4pm starting in the east and then expanding north throughout the country.
"Windy conditions and gale force winds will last for 24 hours because Storm Emma is gradually pushing up. We're going to be in this gale force easterly gradient for 24 hours and the snow and freezing rain will be with us in various stages across the country from this evening and tomorrow."
The red alert is in place until until 3pm on Friday and there will be further snow falls, which will turn to rain in the south.
The strong storm winds will continue off the south coast bringing the risk of coastal flooding there. The risk of thunder continues in the south, particularly in the morning.
Met Éireann has said that the snow will continue until the weekend, including some wintry showers on Saturday.
But there will be some brighter weather on Saturday with dry spells developing.
The fresh easterly winds will ease for a time but it will remain cold with temperatures from only 1C in the east and up to 4 or 5C in the west, coldest over lying snow. The temperatures on Saturday night will be very low again, down to -5C Met Éireann said.
There'll be rain, sleet and snow showers on Sunday and Monday along eastern and northeastern coasts with temperatures still very low for the time of year.
The winds will gradually ease, becoming light by Monday.
Cold conditions are expected to persist with light to moderate east to northeast winds and isolated wintry showers.