Weather warnings issued and temperatures set to plummet for the weekend
Met Eireann has issued two weather warnings ahead of Storm Gertrude, as winds are expected to reach dangerous levels over the next 24 hours.
Storm Gertrude will bring severe winds to Ireland & the UK overnight tonight and Friday morning. https://t.co/wwmcFgkRrX— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) January 28, 2016
Meanwhile, UK weather services are warning of snow and sub-zero temperatures over the weekend with an Arctic blast predicted.
A Status Orange warning has been issued for Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Dublin, Longford, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Waterford.
Winds of between 65-80kph are expected with gusts of 130kph at times.
Wet and windy later today into Fri, but then cold with wintry showers by Sat as an air mass from Canada arrives! https://t.co/csRTF1O5qk— AAWeatherWatch (@AAWeatherWatch) January 28, 2016
A second Yellow level warning has been issued for Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Offaly, Westmeath, Roscommon, Limerick and Tipperary.
South-westerly winds of between 50 to 65 km/h are expected, with gusts of up to 110kph.
Very strong winds and stormy condition are predicted for tonight with dangerous gusts in places, especially in northern and western coastal areas.
There will be patch, scattered rainfall which will become heavy and possibly thundery for a time, before clearing around dawn
Elsewhere, Britain is on severe storm alert with freezing gale force winds, ice and snow forecast this weekend.
Met Office spokeswoman Lindsay Mears said: "It is going to turn much colder again as Polar maritime air arrives across Britain.
"It will be quite windy and this will make it feel colder than temperatures suggest, and Friday looks like seeing the return of stormy weather.
"We are also expecting snowy showers over high ground."