Wednesday's weather: Warning issued ahead of expected very cold wintry weather

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Wednesday's weather: Warning issued ahead of expected very cold wintry weather

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Today

Cold and rather windy today, with bright or sunny spells and showers. Most of the showers will affect north and northwest counties, with perhaps the odd wintry one on higher ground here. Elsewhere showers will be well scattered.

Afternoon temperatures will range 5 to 8 degrees (north to south). Westerly winds will continue fresh to strong and gusty, with gales on northern coasts.

Tonight

Cold tonight with clear spells and scattered showers. The showers will turn increasingly wintry, with sleet and snow, even on lower levels, along with the risk of thunder. Frost and any ice, mainly occurring for sheltered areas.

Lowest temperatures of -1 to +1 degrees, in a moderate to fresh westerly breeze.

Weather warnings

Wind Warning for Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo (status yellow)

West to northwest winds will increase tonight, with means of 55 to 65 km/h expected, giving gusts between 90 and 110 km/h. Winds will be strongest in exposed coastal and hilly areas. Valid until 10am this morning.

Weather Advisory for Ireland (status yellow)

Very cold wintry weather will develop from Wednesday night onwards.

Showers will turn wintry in many places, from Wednesday evening to Saturday, with falls of sleet and snow expected. The heaviest of the snow fall is most likely over Ulster, Connacht, north Leinster and west Munster and especially so on high ground. 

Valid from 6pm tonight until 12pm on Saturday