Wednesday's weather: A mixed morning ahead of stormy conditions

The west coast will bear the brunt of high winds today

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A woman is seen through the windshield of a car during a rainstorm Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, in San Francisco. Several winter storms are expected to bring rain to the Bay Area through the end of the week. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

Today

There will be good clear, then sunny, spells this morning with scattered heavy showers. Fresh and blustery southwest winds will continue and temperatures this afternoon will reach 9 to 11 degrees.

This afternoon the winds will back southerly and will strengthen, becoming strong everywhere and stormy along the west coast.

It'll become cloudy with persistent rain along the west coast in the afternoon, with a spell of heavy rain developing and pushing eastwards through the evening.

There is a Status Orange warning and two Status Yellow warnings in place today.

Tonight

The band of heavy rain will continue to push eastwards tonight, clearing the east coast in the early hours of the morning. With clear spells developing it will turn cold with temperatures falling to between 2 and 4 degrees by morning.

Showers will develop along the west coast overnight, turning heavy and possibly wintry. Strong southerly winds will veer southwest with the clearing rain and ease somewhat.

High alert

Today's orange weather alert affects people in Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo and Clare where high winds and stormy conditions are forecast. 

Meanwhile, Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Leitrim, Roscommon, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford are also in line for high winds.

Those warnings are in place until late tonight.