Weather warning issues ahead of snow, ice and gales

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The Island is expected to be hit by further adverse weather later this week as the Met Office issues a yellow weather warning for very strong winds.

A yellow weather warning for snow and ice remains in place across the region until 11am, with ice posing a "hazard" to drivers and pedestrians.

A yellow snow-ice warning is in place in Cavan, Leitrim, Monaghan and Donegal after freezing conditions overnight.

The warning, which takes effect from 9pm, states that Westerly winds will reach mean winds speeds of 50kph to 65kph with gusts of between 90kph and 110kph at times.

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Met Éireann says the highest accumulations of snow are expected in Ulster and northwest Connacht. Scattered showers will continue however, with some still wintry in the north and on higher ground.

"Later this afternoon heavy and persistent rain will push into Atlantic coastal counties in a strengthening south to southwest wind and winds will increase again gale force along southwest coasts later".

A spokesman for the Met Office said: "There will be very strong winds will affect parts of the United Kingdom early on Thursday". Lowest temperatures will be 0 to +4 degrees.

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