Orange and yellow warnings are now in place

The status red snow and ice warning has been lifted and an orange warning is now in place for Munster, Leinster, Cavan and Monaghan.

A yellow warning has been issued for Connacht and Donegal.

There are now risks of localised flooding as the snow melts.

People are being urged to exercise extreme caution if they go outside and to only drive if it's absolutely necessary.

Chair of the National Emergency Co-ordination Group, Sean Hogan, says teams around the country are being mobilised to manage the conditions, 'the local co-ordination committees in every county are working to manage what is going on in those counties. This is particularly challenging'.