Snow warning for Donegal comes into force later

Snow warning for Donegal comes into force later

Meanwhile, a separate wind warning is in place for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry as Storm Caroline approaches Scotland, with the passing storm expected to bring "strong and blustery winds" to western counties here in Ireland as well.

The warning is valid from Thursday, December 7 4pm to 6pm Friday, December 8.

Met Eireann have warned of a cold snap set to take hold across the country while a status yellow weather warning was issued last night as Storm Caroline makes its way toward Irish shores.

Up to 3cm of snow over a 24-hour period are possible in parts, weather forecasters have said.

The public has been warned to beware of icy roads and footpaths.

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Yellow warnings for snow and ice have also been issued across the region from midnight on Friday to 6pm on Saturday.

From Thursday evening and into Friday, the north and northwest of the country have been put on alert for snow showers and icy conditions.

The outlook is for very cold weather for the rest of the week with wintry spells and frosty nights. Temperatures will be low and it will stay cold for most of next week.

"It will be cold for the next 10 days, with temperatures hardly making it up to 10C during the day", said Mr Eagleton.

Monday is likely to be another cold day with many areas dry. Frost may linger in places and temperatures at best will range 1 to 3 degrees.

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