Snow-Ice Warning Issued For Ireland

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Met Eireann has already issued an extended weather warning ahead of Storm Caroline on Thursday.

The powerful storm front has resulted in a nationwide snow-ice warning due to kick in tonight at 11pm.

Hours after issuing a weather warning for seven counties in light of the expected arrival of Storm Caroline on Thursday, Met Éireann have issued a second status yellow wind warning for four counties that comes into effect on Wednesday. Northwest winds of 55-65km/h are expected to gust 110-110km/h, with the strongest winds in coastal areas and over high ground.

Temperatures are expected to drop from Thursday afternoon, with the cold spell persisting into the weekend, resulting in a risk of hail and snow particularly in western and northern areas.

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There will be a wind warning in Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry from 3 am, Thursday morning to 8 pm Thursday evening.

It should clear up by Saturday but there is still a risk of wintry showers.

"Minimum temperatures will be between -2C and 2C, with frost and icy stretches, especially in places sheltered from the fresh north-westerly wind".

Forecasters had earlier warned it will be "bitterly cold" for the rest of the week despite a mild day today.