Joshua and Aliona Hannigan, Dooradoyle enjoying the snow this Thursday |PICTURE: Adrian Butler
MET Éireann has extended a status red weather alert for all of Munster and Leinster until 6pm on Friday.
The warning which came into effect at 11pm on Wednesday was due to the lifted at 3pm tomorrow.
However, in an update, issued shortly after 7pm this Thursday, Met Éireann extended the status red weather alert by a further three hours.
“Blizzard conditions tonight and during Friday in Leinster and Munster. Southern and eastern coastal counties expected to receive exceptionally high accumulations,” states the updated warning.
Severe Weather Warnings Update: https://t.co/9BeK3UcAwO— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) March 1, 2018
According to AccuWeather, there could be up 30cms (one foot) of snow in Limerick over the next 24 hours once the expected blizzard-like conditions hit.
While the worst of the weather associated with 'The Beast from the East' and Storm Emma has yet to arrive in Limerick, the city and county have been in shut-down mode since lunchtime this Thursday.
Schools, creches and colleges will remain closed on Friday while no public transport will be running.
Shannon Airport, which closed at 6pm this Thursday, has confirmed it will not reopen until 5am on Saturday.
Members of the public, the majority of whom have heeded appeals to stay indoors, are being urged to listen to the advice being issued by forecasters and the National Emergency Coordination Group.