Motorists are advised to exercise caution today as Storm Barbara is set to batter most of the country.
Weather experts have predicted that the second storm of the winter season will cause significant disruption to travel with winds in excess of 120 kmh predicted.
Met Eireann has issued a status orange warning for coastal regions and counties Donegal, Galway and Mayo until 6pm today.
A less extreme Yellow warning is in place for everywhere else – also until 6pm.
Wet & windy this morning as heavy rain spreads eastwards. A clearance to blustery showers follows from W in the afternoon. Highs of 11or12C
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) December 23, 2016
Irish ferries has also cancelled a number of sailings in and out of Rosslare as a result of the storm which is currently to the West in the Atlantic.
Earlier this week, Derek McAllister of Wicklow Weather said that the storm will be a decent sized one.
“Please give yourself plenty of extra time to get home/work or to airports etc.
“Extreme care on roads on Friday morning and early afternoon with debris such as branches etc and cross winds over open motorways.”