Ireland gets five different weather front warnings over next 48 hours
Ireland was bracing itself following warnings that a number of different weather fronts would hit the country over the coming days.
Up to 8cm of snow could fall over the next 24 hours, while there is also a warning of stormy conditions following on tomorrow. The meteorological agency, Met Éireann, issued five weather warnings in all for different parts of the country.
Issuing a Status Orange snow-ice warning for much of the West and North West of the country, Met Éireann warned of 'wintry, thundery showers of hail, sleet and snow along with icy patches on roads and footpaths' until tomorrow morning at least.
Southerly winds of 65 to 80 km/h will also have gusts of 110 to 130 km/h on Wednesday afternoon and through the night. They are set to ease off later on Thursday morning.
There is a further Status Yellow wind warning for most of the east side of the country. Southerly winds with speeds of 50 to 65 km/h and gusts of up to 110 km/h are forecast for tomorrow.
Snow has already fallen across Ireland and heavier falls are expected on the high ground in Connacht and west Ulster. A secondary Status Yellow warning was issued for the rest of the country.
RTE reports that an Aer Lingus regional flight, operated by Stobart Air from Dublin to Leeds Bradford Airport, was cancelled today due to high winds in Yorkshire.
Irish Ferries said that sailings of its fast ferry service between Dublin and Holyhead had been cancelled today because of the rough seas. The conventional ferry service was still operating as normal although an early-morning sailing between Rosslare and Pembroke was cancelled.
Motorists were urged to take extra vigilance as temperatures plummeted to as low as minus two degrees, the Irish Independent reports.
The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is advising road users to take extra care on the roads. 'Watch out for ‘black ice' a spokesman warned.