Ireland Irish weather forecast: Met Eireann issue Status Yellow snow and ice warning for Ireland after Storm Ciara
Dublin weather: As Storm Ciara barrels toward Ireland, Met Eireann predicts snow following two warnings for heavy rain and 110km/h gusts
It's going to be quite a challenging few days on our shoresIt's also not looking good for the beginning of next week, because Met Eireann is warning that after the stormy conditions we can expect hail, sleet and snow in many parts of Ireland.
Met Eireann have issued a Status Yellow snow and ice warning for all of Ireland.
A Yellow wind warning has also been issued by the national forecaster, with gusts of 110km/h expected.
The snow and ice warning will take effect from midnight on Monday and will remain in place until 11.59pm on Tuesday.
It reads: "Widespread wintry showers on Monday and Tuesday with some snowfall accumulations, especially in the west and north. Some disruption to travel is possible, particularly over higher routes."
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A Status Orange weather warning is in force for the entire country from 5am this morning , and will remain in place until 12 noon.It reads: "On Sunday, Storm Ciara will produce very strong southwest winds with mean speeds of 65 to 80km/h and gusts generally up to 130km/h. "A combination of Spring Tides and high seas as well as stormy conditions will result in a significant risk of coastal flooding especially along western and northwestern coasts." Experts are also predicting some hail and even thunder today as Storm Ciara makes landfall. © Windy.com Storm Ciara at 9am this morning.
And the second alert is a wind warning for the entire country, with gusts of up to 110km/h expected.
The warning began at 12 noon on Sunday and will stay in place until 12 noon on Monday.
It reads: "Storm Ciara will continue to produce very strong west to southwest winds over Ireland with mean speeds of 50-65km/h and gusts generally of between 90 and 110km/h, higher in Atlantic coastal areas."
The earliest snowfall could hit tonight as temperatures fall close to freezing in many parts of the country.
A Met Eireann forecaster said: "Windy this evening and tonight with stormy conditions returning to some Atlantic coasts. Much colder with showers turning wintry and giving falls of sleet and snow.
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An estimated 3,000 homes and businesses were without power last night.Met Éireann issued the warning for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry. It came into effect at 6am and will remain in place until 8pm this evening.
"Some snow lying by morning especially over hills in the North and West. Overnight lows of 1 to 3 degrees."
More strong winds, and more snow, are also expected tomorrow, and the heaviest snowfall is likely on Monday and Tuesday.
A forecaster added: "Tomorrow will be bitterly cold and very windy again with a significant wind chill factor and the likelihood of stormy conditions along Western and Northern coastal areas.
"Very showery too, wintry at times, with hail, sleet and snow but sunny spells also. Highs of only 4 to 6 degrees.
"Very cold and very windy on Monday night with strong to gale force West to Northwest winds, severe winds possible near Western and Northern coasts.
"Further hail, sleet and snow showers feeding in with further accumulations of snow in parts and icy patches. Lows around freezing.
"Tuesday will be a bitterly cold day and still very windy with a significant wind chill factor. Very showery too, still wintry at times, with hail, sleet and snow.
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Weather chiefs issued a statement warning the public of 'significant wind chill'Met Eireann has warned snow will hit parts of Ireland throughout Monday and Tuesday.
"Westerly winds will be fresh to strong and gusty, with gales in western and northern coastal areas. Highs of only 3 to 7 degrees.
"Winds moderating overnight with some frost and ice developing too, and overnight lows of -1 to 2 degrees."
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And nine counties will be under a Status Orange warning for some timeThe nationwide Status Yellow alert kicked into place at 3pm on Saturday, and it will be valid until 11pm on Sunday night.