Day six of Ireland's big freeze has witnessed more travel disruptions and plummeting temperatures as Met Éireann warns conditions will last until next Wednesday.
Met Éireann has issued a severe weather warning again today as more sleet and snow are forecast in eastern counties as well as the northwest later today. Top temperatures for today are between minus two to three degrees, but temperatures are expected to drop to below minus twelve degrees tonight.
During a severe weather briefing yesterday, Met Éireann warned conditions are expected to last until at least next Wednesday. They said that weather stations throughout Ireland had recorded the coldest November in 25 years.
Yesterday saw widespread disruption to transport services throughout Ireland as a result of the adverse weather conditions.
Dublin airport was fully operational this morning following extensive snow and ice clearance of the main runway. However passengers have been advised to contact their airlines before arriving at the airport. The airport was closed yesterday afternoon following heavy snow showers. It reopened for a period but closed again late yesterday evening.
Some Bus Éireann services were canceled yesterday, while other routes were delayed. Both Bus Éireann and Dublin Bus crews have been assessing road conditions since 4am this morning to determine their level of service.
Intercity, Dart and commuter train services and the Luas continue to operate in and out of Dublin, with some delays.
All civil cases at the Dublin's High Court were canceled today as well as classes in University College Dublin, Trinity College and NUI Maynooth. Hundreds of schools have also been closed.
The Defence forces are continuing to help in the transportation of palliative care nurses and medicines to isolated patients.
The Health Service Executive has noted a slight increase in patients presenting to hospitals with sprains and fractures.
The Irish Prime Minister, Brian Cowen, has appealed to people to look out for elderly neighbors.
The forecast is very cold and icy this evening and tonight with a severe frost setting in quickly after dark. Some pockets of freezing fog also. A few wintry showers may still encroach along the east coast early tonight and also over parts of the northwest, but otherwise dry. Lowest temperatures -4 to -11 C. After midnight, a spell of sleet and snow will push in off the Atlantic and this will sweep across much of the country later.