With blizzard-like conditions expected across many parts of Ireland tonight, and up to a metre of snow possible in parts of the east - here's what is happening in your area as of 6pm this evening.

North west: Much of this morning's snow in Sligo had disappeared by this evening but the town was quiet with many people observing the warnings to stay indoors.

Similarly, in Carrick-on-Shannon, Co Leitrim, and in Letterkenny, Co Donegal, there was very little snow. However, some parts of Inishowen and Fanad in Donegal, had some heavy snowfalls.

All main routes in the regions are passable including Barnesmore Gap in Co Donegal. Local authority crews are on standby to treat roads again tonight.

Midlands: In the Midlands, the Civil Defence and the Army have been called in to transport key medical staff to work at hospitals in the region. Road conditions were treacherous throughout the day and gardaí have been dealing with accidents along several major routes.   

Dublin: Dublin Airport remains open tonight despite all flights being cancelled until Saturday morning.

Up to 600 flights, into and out of, Dublin Airport were cancelled for tomorrow.

Dublin Bus, Luas and Dart services are also cancelled for tomorrow.

North east: In the north east driving conditions on the M1 were particularly difficult today because of winds whipping up snow along the route.

People in the region have been preparing for difficult conditions in the hours ahead.

Mid west: Limerick city and suburbs remained relatively snow free for most of today but people heeded the red weather alert warnings and stayed indoors.

Limerick city centre was deserted from late this afternoon.

There have been snowfalls in parts of Co Clare, and some parts of the road network in north Co Clare remain icy and dangerous. The main street in Killaloe remains closed because of its extremely icy condition.

Shannon Airport closed at 6pm tonight, and will remain closed until 5am on Saturday morning as airlines cancelled services.

South west: It began snowing in Co Cork before 8pm this evening. Yesterday's snow and ice, which had begun to thaw in today's sunshine, was beginning to freeze this evening.

Temperatures remained below zero and are continuing to drop, with the wind picking up.

High tide this evening passed without incident in low-lying areas of the city centre.

High tides tomorrow will occur at 6am. There is a risk of coastal flooding in Youghal, Midleton, Clonakilty and Bantry. 

North: Around 250 schools were closed across the North due to the adverse weather conditions.

Snow also affected a number of flights into and out of Belfast International and the George Best Belfast City.

Public transport operator Translink reported a number of delays to bus and rail services.

West: Cold and calm conditions are reported across Counties Galway and Mayo tonight, as the west continues to brace itself for the impact of Storm Emma. 

Intermittent snow showers through the day have eased in most places and there are no reports of any major deterioration on road surfaces so far.

All motorway and national primary routes have been treated by local authority crews but compacted snow and ice continue to impact on secondary roads. 

Cavan/Monaghan: In Co Monaghan snow ploughing and gritting operations by county council staff were suspended this afternoon ahead of the arrival of the worst of the weather.

The council said it will continue to provide support to emergency services this evening and overnight if required.

The worst of the storm is expected to hit the county in the early hours.

It was a similar situation in Co Cavan where there was heavy snowfall last night. 500km of main roads in the county were treated with salt and the council estimated it used 300 tonnes of grit in a 24-hour period. Gritting operations were suspended ahead of the deadline for people to get inside at 4pm.

South east: Snowy conditions are reported in Co Wexford with a strong wind. Roads around Enniscorthy are now completely covered and snow drifts are building up in exposed areas.

All parts of Wexford are affected with the southern coast and taking the brunt of the storm.

In Co Wicklow, conditions are deteriorating this evening. Strong winds and snow began falling persistently around 8pm.