Yellow, Orange and Red: Weather warnings and their effects on Wicklow

by Emma Conway

With all the weather warnings Ireland has been given lately, it can be hard to know what you are supposed to do and how you’re supposed to react.

Below is what each warning means and advice on how to approach each one.

Yellow Warning

A status yellow warning is for alerting people to the possibility of bad weather coming in. It usually tells us to expect colder weather, more rain or icy conditions further into the week.

These conditions usually only cause disruption to locations such as mountainous areas.

A yellow weather warning was put in place earlier this week for Wicklow.

Orange Warning

Status orange warning means people should be prepared for significantly bad weather as roads may become dangerous due to icy conditions and possible snow.

People should also be prepared by having enough fuel and food to last them a couple of days, in the event of shops closing.

A status orange weather warning is currently in place today for Wicklow.

It will remain in place until 11am tomorrow.

Red Warning

With the possibility of Storm Emma causing temperatures to drop even further, Met Éireann has warned that a Status Red warning is “likely”.

A red warning means that people should take precautions to protect themselves and their belongings, by staying inside until the storm passes or salting/gritting driveways and paths.

It is also recommended that no unnecessary journeys are made while a red warning is in effect.

With temperatures expected to drop to -10 degrees, people are being asked to check in on elderly neighbours and family.

To track the weather over the coming day visit the Ventusky website

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