Wednesday's weather: Storm Jake brings high winds and snow

There are four weather alerts in place this morning

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Today

Storm Jake will continue to feed down a core of strong to gale force winds westerly this morning - stormy in fact for coastal areas of the west and southwest (see below for weather warnings).

There will be organised bands of heavy showers moving down in the flow too, merging to longer spells of rain and wet snow.

Some snow accumulations are possible, mainly for higher ground, all with the added risk of thunder. Scattered blustery showers in turn for this afternoon, mainly of rain or hail, with some sunny spells developing. Winds will veer northwesterly and will be mostly strong and gusty.

Highest temperatures of 6 to 9 degrees; feeling even colder with an added wind chill effect.

Tonight

Winds will ease early tonight and showers will fade. However with clearing skies and light westerly breezes, a slight to sharp frost, and the risk of ice will set in.

Cold, with lowest temperatures of zero to 3 degrees.

There are four weather warnings in place this morning - one Orange Alert and three Yellow Alerts.

Status Orange

There is a wind Warning for Coastal fringes of the north, west and south. Westerly winds, veering northwest, will increase to mean speeds of 65 to 75km/h with gusts of 110 to 130km/h overnight in exposed areas with high seas also. The warning came into affect last night and will remain until 8am, Wednesday morning.

Status Yellow

There are three yellow warnings in place for Ireland.

A wind warning is in place for Ireland from 8pm last night until 10am Wednesday morning.

There is also a snow-ice warning in place on Wednesday morning until 9am for Connacht, Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal

Heavy snow showers were expected overnight leading to accumulations of 3cm in parts of Connacht, Ulster and Leinster. There will be larger accumulations likely on higher ground.

There is also a weather advisory for coastal fringes of the north, west and south.

Details of Storm Jake

A depression in the Atlantic to the south of Iceland will track eastwards to the North of Ireland tonight and become complex. A small low pressure centre or trough is expected to cross northern parts of Ireland and will sustain a very strong core of winds over the southern two thirds of the country, producing a storm force gradient in western and southern sea areas and an orange status wind warning has been issued for coastal counties of the north, west and south.

This warning remains in place until 8am, Wednesday.