Snow storm Emma will transform into a 'double-strength monster' today

Storm clouds gather over Dublin Bay

Storm Emma is a low-pressure weather system which was named by the Portuguese Met Office.

United Kingdom roads, railways and airports have been severely hit by snow for a third day, with thousands of schools shut.

Forecasters have warned the United Kingdom is "not out of the woods yet" with more heavy snow expected to fall.

Flood alerts have also been issued on the East coast as waters continue to rise, adding further complications and threat to the people of Yorkshire.

The National Grid issued a "gas deficit warning" prompting fears of a shortage, but households were reassured domestic supplies would not be affected.

Amber weather warnings are in place for Northern Ireland, much of eastern Scotland and England - and a large area of the south west.

Half of the trains into London's Waterloo station were canceled at the height of the rush hour on Thursday morning.

To keep up with the latest weather reports visit Wicklow Weather.

In Leeds, a 75-year-old woman was found dead in a snowy street.

Thousands of schools across the country have also been closed, meaning tons of kids are probably having plenty of fun - although possibly not those students at the school where touching snow is banned. Due to the nature of showers, some places are expected to receive an additional 5-10 cm of snow per day, whereas other places nearby may only receive small amounts.

Icicles hang from frozen statues in the centre of Dublin
Icicles hang from frozen statues in the centre of DublinCLODAGH KILCOYNE REUTERS

On Thursday evening, troops were deployed to transport 200 critical care hospital workers to and from their shifts at two hospitals in Edinburgh.

The storms and disruption extended to the normally mild south of France and 15,000 homes along the Mediterranean were without power on Thursday, according to the Enedis electrical network. "It's changing faster than we can collect data on it", Clark said.

Airports across Britain are being affected by the cold weather, and the knock-on effect of other terminals across the United Kingdom and Europe cancelling flights.

Great Western Railway also said it would be running a minimal service, adding: "It is a very real concern that, even if conditions mean we can move people in the morning, we may not be able to get them home later in the day, and on that basis we have to strongly advise customers not to travel on some of our routes".

Rail travelers in the United Kingdom are also facing significant disruption.

Glasgow Airport: The airport will stay closed for the rest of Thursday.

Up to 50 centimeters of snow are expected in Dartmoor, Exmoor and upland parts of southeast Wales on Friday morning.

Temperatures will remain below freezing for many parts of the United Kingdom during the day, with strong winds making it feel even chillier.

The Met Office says the cold weather could last into next week and possibly the following week.

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