Two Status Yellow weather warnings have been issued by Met Éireann.

A cold weather warning, which comes into effect at 9pm, will remain in place for 24 hours for the entire country, with temperatures falling to -3C or -4C in many areas.

Meanwhile, a rainfall warning has been issued for Carlow, Kilkenny, Wexford, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford.

Between 30-50mm of rain is forecast for a 24-hour period beginning tomorrow at 2pm.

Met Éireann is warning of the risk of flooding as a result of the rainfall.

The forecast will add to the woes of farmers who are dealing with a fodder shortage due to adverse weather conditions since the autumn.

As a result farm animals are being kept indoors longer than normal, with already depleted fodder supplies being put under added pressure.

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