Status Yellow and Orange weather warnings in effect

Status Yellow and Orange weather warnings in effect

It's weather warnings all round this morning as Met Eireann alerts the nation to the possibility of snow and ice.

Wintery showers were expected last night while rain, hail, sleet, snow and even thunder storms are predicted for some parts of Ireland today.

The Status Orange warning, which is in effect until 6pm this evening, is for the following counties:

Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath and the whole province of Connacht.

Meanwhile a Status Yellow warning is in place for Dublin, Carlow, Kilkenny, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow and Munster.

The Met office warns of the following conditions:

A cold, icy start to the day, with further wintry showers.

The snow showers will be heaviest and most frequent in northern and western areas, with scattered thunderstorms.

But they should be more of rain or sleet as the afternoon progresses, with any snow confined to high ground.

Top temperatures of 4 to 7 C., but it will feel colder in the strengthening southwest to west wind.

More bad weather is predicted for tonight

Cold tonight, with clear spells and showers, some wintry.

These showers heavy and prolonged in northern areas, but more scattered elsewhere.

Lowest temperatures -1 to plus 2 C., with a sharp frost and some further icy patches.

Windy for a time, with fresh to strong and gusty northwest winds, but these will decrease moderate to fresh later tonight.