A warning of very high tides is in place in Cork as the country braces itself for the arrival of Storm Emma.

Met Éireann has issued two separate Status Red snow ice alerts for the country, while a snow-ice warning is in place for Munster and Leinster.

It came into effect at 1pm and remains in place until 12pm tomorrow.

Cork County Council has warned of very high spring tides and the risk of coastal flooding over the next few days in Midleton, Youghal, Clonakilty and Bantry.

It said that the high tides will occur at approximately 6am and 6pm tomorrow and at 6am on Saturday.

Dublin City Council said that because of high tides, car parks on the Strand Road in Sandymount and on the Clontarf Road near the Alfie Byrne junction, will be closed until next Monday, 5 March.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said that the risk to life presented by the severe weather conditions should not be underestimated by anyone.

In relation to flooding, he said a warning had been issued for Cork and the issue of sandbags there was discussed when the National Emergency Coordination Group meeting.

Mr Varadkar said there was also flooding along the Dart line near Salthill and Monkstown and for that reason, the service was not running. Contingency Darts were put in place.