Met Eireann issue warnings as Storm Jake is set to slam into Ireland

High winds and snow are on the way, thanks to Storm Jake
High winds and snow are on the way, thanks to Storm Jake

Met Eireann have this afternoon issued a number of warnings about the high winds, ice and snow that Storm Jake is set to bring to the country overnight.

The most serious of the warnings is a Status Orange warning for the north, west and south coastal regions.

Winds there will be between 65 and 75kph but gusts will hit between 110 and 130kph.

That warning is in effect from 10pm tonight until 8am tomorrow.

There is a Status Yellow warning for the rest of the country regarding wind, with strong winds expected to gust up to 110kph.

That warning is in effect for 12 hours from 10pm tonight.

Unfortunately, it is not just winds we will have to deal with tonight, as there is also a Status Yellow warning for snow and ice in Connacht, Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal.

They are forecasting 'heavy' snow showers, with accumulations of up to 3cm expected, with larger amounts on higher ground, between 10pm and 9am tomorrow.

Met Eireann also explained a little more about what we can expect from Storm Jake.

On their site they say: '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.'

Stay safe out there tonight folks and dream of the summer, which experts say could be a scorcher.