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The big chill Ireland weather: Three warnings issued for 8 counties ahead of hail, sleet and snow

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Snowy conditions (stock image) (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Snowy conditions (stock image) (Owen Humphreys/PA)

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Snowy conditions (stock image) (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Ireland is set to shiver after Storm Bella as an icy chill sets in, with three snow-ice warnings issued for eight counties.

The winter storm ripped through the country on Saturday, bringing driving rain and strong winds.

Gusts of 115km/h were recorded at Mace Head, while a 106km/h gust was recorded at Malin Head.

A staggering 26.5mm of rain fell at Newport Furnace in Mayo, while heavy falls drenched Finner Camp in Donegal with 20.7mmm.

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Gusts from Storm Bella. Photo: Paul Mealey.

Gusts from Storm Bella. Photo: Paul Mealey.

Gusts from Storm Bella. Photo: Paul Mealey.

Around 800 households are still without power, with west Dublin city and west county Dublin worst affected by the outages.

Met Eireann have issued a Status Yellow snow-ice alert for Donegal and Leitrim, which came into effect at 6am this morning and will last until 8pm this evening.

A forecaster revealed: "Wintry showers during Sunday with some accumulations possible. Risk of icy stretches on untreated surfaces."

And the UK Met Office have placed Antrim, Armagh, Down, Derry, Tyrone and Fermanagh under a snow-ice warning which will last until 3pm this afternoon.

A further Status Yellow alert for Northern Ireland will come into effect at 6pm this evening and will last until 10am on Monday,

A Met Office forecaster revealed: "An area of rain, sleet and snow will move south through Sunday night with the potential for icy surfaces and some travel disruption."

Meanwhile, today will be cold and blustery with occasional sunny spells and frequent showers, some heavy with the risk of isolated thunderstorms and falls of hail, sleet and snow.

A forecaster said: "Heavy showers will merge into a more organised band, extending from the northwest during the evening. Highest afternoon temperatures of just two to five degrees in moderate to fresh and gusty westerly winds."

Tonight will see temperatures plunge to as low as freezing point and it will continue to be very cold into Monday.

Daytime highs will reach just four to seven degrees and Met Eireann warned that it will feel colder in fresh to strong and gusty northwesterly winds.

There will be widespread showers, some wintry on higher ground with a continued risk of hail.

A forecaster added: "A cold and blustery end to 2020 is in store however it will remain largely dry away from Atlantic coast. There will be a continued risk of frost at night also."

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