Met Eireann issue second-highest level of warning for snow and ice

Snow on the Dublin Mountains this week
Snow on the Dublin Mountains this week

Met Eireann have issued a Status Orange, and a Status Yellow, warning because of upcoming snow and sleet.

The status orange snow-ice warning will come into effect at midnight for Donegal, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo

Snow accumulations could reach between four and eight centimetres in the 24 hours following midnight tonight.

The highest amounts of snow will fall on high ground, Met Eireann says.

Meanwhile, a status yellow snow-ice warning has been issued for Longford, Cavan, Monaghan, Galway and Roscommon.

Snow accumulations of between two and four centimetres are expected to fall from midnight tonight over the following 24 hours.

A Met Eireann forecaster said: "There is likely to be accumulations of snow particularly over the hills and mountains in the regions that are mentioned."

"There are showers falling at the moment as winter precipitation over the hills and mountains, and again as it gets cold overnight, and later in the evening of tomorrow."

"Overnight temperatures have been just below freezing. Tomorrow night it will be colder and the next night after that," the forecaster said.