Councils continue to monitor conditions with north Donegal worst affected

The North West is braced for the Storm Emma and a Red Alert remains in place in Sligo, Donegal and Leitrim.

North Donegal has been worst hit so far with members of the Defence Forces deployed in areas.

Donegal County Council is reporting that the road between Milford to Kerrykeel is almost impassible and is being gritted.

Leitrim County Council says the roads are being monitored but gritting will not take place during the red alert after 4pm to ensure the safety of crews.

In Sligo, the county has faired the best so far and the roads are being gritted again this evening.

Senior Engineer with the Roads Department at Sligo County Council Tom Brennan says a significant amount of gritting has taken place in the last 12 hours and they will continue to monitor the situation in the coming hours:

Irish Rail and Bus Eireann Services have all been cancelled for the rest of today but Bus Eireann says it hopes to be able to resume at least some services in Connaght and the North West tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Ireland West Airport Knock will close tomorrow.

In a statement this evening they state that due to severe weather conditions in both the UK and a RED warning alert in place in Ireland, Aer Lingus, Flybe and Ryanair have advised that all flights due to operate on Friday 2nd March have now been cancelled.As a result Ireland West Airport will be closed tomorrow, Friday 2nd March & will reopen for full operation, weather permitting, on Saturday morning at 07:00am.