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Cold and snowy: Orange alert extended until noon today, Yellow alert until 16

Dublin: The orange alert announced for snow and extreme cold has been extended until noon today. The temperature is expected to drop to minus five degrees. Meanwhile, the yellow alert issued throughout the country has been extended until December 16 till 12 noon.

According to the Met Office, precautions should be taken to avoid travel disruption, the risk of burst water pipes, engine damage, and risks to vulnerable people.

A yellow ice and snow alert is in effect for Donegal and Mayo until 12 p.m. The country’s winter weather warning has been extended till 12 noon on Wednesday.

Extremely cold weather is expected to last until the middle of next week due to arctic air pressure. According to the weather forecast, in addition to extreme cold, there is a chance of ice and black ice on roads and sidewalks. There will be hail and snow as well. The Met Office predicts that coastal counties will experience heavy fog at times.

Meanwhile, some London-Heathrow flights have been cancelled due to bad weather. The airport also advised those travelling to Heathrow to expect delays. Aer Lingus said all passengers should check the status of their flight before travelling.

The Road Safety Authority (RSA) has urged motorists to check local and national weather forecasts before setting off. The authority also requested to be more cautious while driving.

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