Irish Stock Exchange to close due to 'extreme weather conditions'

A view of Dublin's Portobello area during a snow showeras the 'Beast from the East' hit Ireland with temperatures below zero, snow showers, along with a widespread frost and icy conditions, February 28, 2018.
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A view of Dublin's Portobello area during a snow showeras the 'Beast from the East' hit Ireland with temperatures below zero, snow showers, along with a widespread frost and icy conditions, February 28, 2018.

The Irish Stock Exchange (ISE) announced it would close at 12 p.m. GMT (7 a.m. ET) Thursday and all day Friday due to "extreme weather conditions."

The exchange said it would close to "protect against any potential risk to market integrity" after the Irish government issued a severe weather warning.

Snow storms from Siberia blasted Britain and Ireland on Thursday with the worst weather since 1991, trapping several hundred motorists on roads in Scotland, closing thousands of schools and grounding planes.