Updated: 03/03/18 : 09:39:28
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Sligo downgraded to Yellow Alert status as thaw arrives

Sligo has been downgraded to a Yellow Alert status and a gradual thaw is expected as Met Éireann has downgraded its status Red weather warning to Orange for Munster, Leinster, Cavan and Monaghan.

There will be widespread travel disruption across the country as road conditions in many areas remain poor and two snow-ice warnings remain in place until 6pm.

There will be some more snow this morning in places, with ice and lying snow making many roads treacherous.

Rain will begin to spread from the south later and this will start the melting process, meaning flooding could occur in some areas.

The National Emergency Coordination Group has said in a statement that conditions are, and will, remain very difficult and the public are advised continue to exercise high levels of caution for their own safety in the accumulated snow and icy conditions.

It said there are variations in the storms impact across the country, and that services are working to open principal road networks and get public transport operating again.

It has advised that many roads remain impassable and that only those working in essential services and those who have roles in getting the country back to normal should undertake journeys.

Public transport and air travel will be further disrupted again today because of the severe weather conditions.

Aer Lingus has said most operations will not commence until after 10am, while Ryanair have advised intending passengers to check the status of their flights on their website.