Thursday's weather: Snow-ice warnings in place for most parts of country

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Thursday's weather: Snow-ice warnings in place for most parts of country

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Today

Becoming very cold today. Early showers of rain and hail, with some hill snow in places, will turn increasingly to sleet and snow at lower levels this morning, mainly over Ulster, Connacht and west Munster and in remaining areas this afternoon and evening. Some thunderstorms are likely to develop also.

Top afternoon temperatures of just 2 to 4 C., and feeling colder in the strengthening west to northwesterly wind.

Tonight

Cold and blustery tonight, with fairly widespread sleet and snow showers for a time, some heavy. They will continue later in the night over Ulster, but will become scattered elsewhere, with some dry, clear spells developing.

Lowest temperatures 1 to -2 C., with ice and some snow on untreated roads. Winds strong and gusty northwesterly.

Weather warnings

Snow-ice Warning for Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo (status orange)

Very cold, wintry weather from Wednesday evening onwards until Friday night. Showers of hail, sleet and snow will occur, with moderate accumulations to lower levels inland, more significant amounts on high ground, where there's a risk of drifting and blizzard conditions at times. Some scattered thunderstorms also. Warning valid until 6pm Friday.

Snow-ice Warning for Munster, Leinster, Galway and Roscommon (status yellow)

Very cold, wintry weather will develop overnight Wednesday, continuing until Friday night. Showers of hail, sleet and snow will occur, with some accumulations to lower levels, but especially over high ground. Showers will be more scattered in south Leinster and along the east coast of Leinster. Icy conditions also. Warning valid until 6pm Friday.