An orange weather alert has been issued by Met Eireann as the first of the cold weather arrives this evening.

The Orange Alert for snow and ice covers counties Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Wicklow, Louth and Meath.

Met Eireann warns of scattered snow showers on Tuesday evening and night leading to accumulations of up to 6cm by Wednesday morning. There will be widespread frost and icy conditions too.

The warning is valid from 3pm on Tuesday until 11am on Wednesday.

An Orange Alert is issued for weather conditions which have the capacity to impact significantly on people in the affected areas and implies that all recipients in the affected areas should prepare themselves in an appropriate way for the anticipated conditions.

Meanwhile, a Status Yellow snow-ice warning is in place for counties Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny, Tipperary, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath and Cork from 6pm tomorrow  evening until 11am on Wednesday.

A low temperature warning is in place for the entire country tonight with temperatures dropping as low as -5.

Earlier, Met Éireann’s Deputy Head of Forecasting Evelyn Cusack told Beat News that red alerts are expected later in the week as the worst of the weather arrives in the South East.

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