Government calls on Louth residents to stay indoors from tomorrow until Friday as Storm Emma intensifies

The warning is valid from 4pm tomorrow until midday on Friday

Tia Clarke

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Dundalk Snow 2018

Cars parked along Seatown in Dundalk this morning

The National Emergency Coordination Committee has asked people in Louth and the rest of Leinster and Munster to stay indoors from 4pm  tomorrow until midday on Friday. 

The warning comes as a new red weather alert was issued for Leinster and Munster for tomorrow afternoon until Friday afternoon. 

Met Eireann warned that the conditions would cause significant snow drifts in many areas.

Met Eireann's most recent forecast says: "Blizzard-like conditions will develop in heavy snow and strong easterly winds on Thursday evening and will continue Thursday night and Friday morning."

Meanwhile, schools in Dundalk, Louth and across the rest of Leinster and Munster will remain closed for Thursday and Friday as Storm Emma intensifies. 

READ MORE: www.dundalkdemocrat.ie/news/home/299744/school-closures-extended-as-storm-emma-hits-hard.html  

More than 16cm of snow fell in parts of the east last night. And further snow is forecast - Met Eireann has warned that we might see up to 25cm of snow by Thursday afternoon. 

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has called on people living in Louth and other red alert areas not to make unnecessary journeys. He also advised the public to keep up to date with reports in Irish and local media outlets.