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Heavy rainfall on Tuesday night and Wednesday will possibly turn wintry in places

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Snow is predicted for tomorrow Photo: Brian Farrell

Snow is predicted for tomorrow Photo: Brian Farrell

Snow is predicted for tomorrow Photo: Brian Farrell

Met Eireann have issued two Status Yellow alerts with heavy rain and a risk of flooding forecast for later today while some sleet and snow could hit tomorrow. 

A Status Yellow rain and wind warning for 10 counties, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Waterford, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo remains in place until 3pm today with another warning for the entire country kicking in at 10pm.

The forecaster said there will be “strong to near gale force and gusty southeast to south winds this morning and afternoon.

“These winds will be accompanied by heavy rain clearing to squally showers through the afternoon, with hazardous driving conditions and localised flooding possible.”

The warning for tonight and into tomorrow afternoon adds: “Heavy rainfall on Tuesday night and Wednesday, possibly turning wintry in places, will be accompanied by strong to near gale force and gusty southerly winds.

“This will lead to hazardous driving conditions and localised flooding.”

Met Eireann added: “Outbreaks of rain will track up from the southwest through the morning with some heavy falls leading to localised flooding.

“The rain will clear to squally showers with a chance of thunderstorms and hail. Highest temperatures of seven to ten degrees with winds moderating for a time later this evening.

“While it will be drier for a time early tonight, it will become windy again overnight in strengthening south-easterly winds.

"Very heavy rain, turning wintry in parts, will move in across the country, last to arrive to the east,” Met Eireann added. "It will be cold with lowest temperatures of zero to three degrees.

A “very wet and windy start" to Wednesday will see widespread heavy rain, and localised flooding that will be accompanied by strong to gale force and gusty southerly winds.

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“Some falls of sleet and snow are possible too,” it adds. “A clearance will, however, develop across the west and southwest into the afternoon with sunny spells developing."

Temperatures will plunge to as low as minus five on Wednesday night with "a sharp or severe frost" and "some icy stretches."

Thursday is likely to be one of the drier and brighter days this week. Most areas will be dry with sunny spells, but with freshening southerly winds developing later. Highest temperatures will peak at seven to nine or ten degrees.

Outbreaks of rain and drizzle will gradually move up from the southwest on Thursday night. Some frost is possible, especially across the north and east. Lowest temperatures will dip to two to five degrees, in mostly moderate southerly breezes.

The last of the overnight rain will clear from the east early in the morning to leave Friday a day of sunny spells and showers.

The showers will be heavy or thundery with possible hail. Highest temperatures of nine to 12 degrees, in light to moderate southerly breezes.

However, it will continue unsettled into the weekend with further wet and windy spells expected.

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