UPDATE: All schools in Kildare to remain closed for rest of week

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UPDATE: All schools in Kildare to remain closed for rest of week

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The Department of Education has confirmed all schools in Leinster and Munster will remain closed on Thursday and Friday, following an extended status red weather warning.

Schools across the county were forced to close today due to severe weather conditions.

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In a statement, the Department said;

"Given the disruption to transport and the safety risks arising, most particularly in relation to the ability to get home safely before blizzard like conditions hit Munster and Leinster, all schools, third level institutions, colleges and centres of further education in red areas will be closed tomorrow and Friday."

They added; "In relation to Connaught and Ulster decisions on school closures will be made individually depending on the circumstances in their area. The situation in Connaught and Ulster will be kept under review."

Met Eireann has issued a second snow-ice warning for the two provinces.

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It says blizzard-like conditions will develop in heavy snow and strong easterly winds on Thursday evening (March 1) and will continue Thursday night and Friday morning (March 2) giving significant snow drifts in many areas.

This will come into effect on Thursday at 4pm and remain in place until noon on Friday.