Ireland will be hit by strong winds today which will then give way to freezing cold weather tonight and tomorrow, with temperatures dipping as low as minus 2C in some parts accompanied with 'accumulations of snow'.
Met Eireann have warned of a cold snap set to take hold across the country while a status yellow weather warningwas issued last night as Storm Caroline makes its way toward Irish shores.
A wind warning has been put in place inDonegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry from 3 am this morning to 8 pm Thursday evening.
According to a post on the Met Eireann website, today will be: "Bright, cold and blustery, staying dry in the midlands, south and east for much of the day with sunny spells, but showers will occur across the north and west.
"The showers will turn increasingly wintry with falls of hail and snow - especially in the north, and a few will push further south this evening. Northwest winds will be strong and gusty."
Looking ahead to tonight's forecast, Met Eireann predict: "Wintry showers will be widespread overnight and frequent in the north with accumulations of snow over inland parts of Ulster and other northern areas.
"Mainly dry across the south and southwest. Northwest winds will stay strong and gusty. A widespread sharp ground frost will form during clear spells with icy patches forming widely. Lowest temperatures -2 to +3 degrees, coldest inland in the north."
The rest of the week's outlook also looks pretty bleak with the national forecaster predicting the weather will "stay very cold with wintry spells and frosty nights".
Meanwhile,the Road Safety Authority has warned motorists to expect the unexpected with high winds and icy conditions.
They have issued the following advice to motorists :
• Watch out for falling/fallen debris and vehicles veering across the road.
• Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong crosswinds. High-sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds.
• Allow extra space between you and vulnerable road users such as cyclists and motorcyclists.
• Drive with dipped headlights at all times.
• Check tyres and consider replacing them if the thread depth is below 3mm.
• It takes longer to stop in wet conditions, so slow down and leave extra space between you and the vehicle in front.
• Take special care when driving behind heavy goods vehicles, as they generate a considerable amount of spray which reduces visibility.
• Be aware of the danger of aquaplaning, especially on roads with speed limits of 100kph and 120kph.
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