'Beast from the East' to bring up to 50cm of snow to east coast - forecast
- Ireland experiencing 'teaser of what's to come' as weather expected to worsen later in the week
- Met Eireann warns it may increase current weather alter to Status Red
- Dublin Region Homeless Executive has secured 104 extra beds for rough sleepers
- Emergency plans in place for potential widespread school closures
Parts of the country will see up to 50cm of snow as the 'Beast from the East' hits this week, according to latest forecasts.
'Storm Emma' will come into effect at 3pm on Tuesday and remain in place until 11am on Wednesday - but conditions are set to worsen on Thursday, according to Met Éireann.
Forecasters have warned that they may increase the current weather advisory to a Status Red later in the week.
Met Éireann's Michelle Dillon told RTE's Claire Byrne Live that "we're just having a teaser of what's to come" before the weather worsens later in the week.
On Thursday potentially gale force winds, mixed with heavy snowfall, will ensure disruptive weather for many parts of the country.
"The most disruptive is the weather system pushing up from the south on Thursday night.
"It does look like the [alert] is getting into the red category but all of that will come later in the week. At this stage we're just waiting for more information closer to the time.
"Heavy snowfall is definitely on the way. There'll be snow showers on Wednesday but blizzard-like conditions are expected on Thursday," she said.
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Met Éireann is expecting snowfall from tomorrow evening and overnight which will lead to an accumulation of between 4cm and 6cm by Wednesday morning.
However, the eastern part of the country could see up to 50cm of snow on Thursday and Friday.
TV3 news anchor Claire Brock shared an image on Twitter, showing high accumulations of snow in the Dublin area on Friday.
She shared an image of a forecast for Thursday and Friday, with Friday showing the eastern half of the country under at least 20cm of snow.
Brock captioned the photos; "Nothing to see ... yet. But we’ve been warned."
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Three Status Yellow warnings are set to go in place ahead of the extreme weather.
A Status Yellow warning is in place for Kilkenny, Longford, Wexford, Offaly, Westmeath, Cork, Tipperary and Waterford from 6.00pm Tuesday to 11.00am on Wednesday.
A Status Yellow weather advisory for the whole country has also been extended and is in place until March 3 at 6.00pm.
A low temperature warning is also in place for Monday night as temperatures of -5 are expected.
Meanwhile, homeless charities have warned of the risk to life for rough sleepers while hostel beds in Dublin are to stay open 24 hours a day to help keep people off the streets.
Focus Ireland said it is working with all homeless organisations in the city to get beds for everyone.
The Dublin Region Homeless Executive has secured 104 extra beds for rough sleepers. Up to 60 additional beds are also available in a city centre sports hall.
The Department of Education said decisions on whether schools will close are expected to be taken on an individual basis as the week progresses and on advice from the National Emergency Co-ordination Group.