A snow-ice warning for Ireland comes into effect this afternoon as Storm Caroline begins to pass close to the north-west coast. 

A wind alert is already in place for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry until 8pm tonight.

While a snow-ice warning comes into force at 4pm until 4pm tomorrow for the entire country.

In the next 24 hours, the weather is set to change and become bitterly cold but we are likely to be spared the worst impact of Storm Caroline. 

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Ahead of tonight, Met Éireann said, "Wintry showers will be widespread overnight and frequent in the north with accumulations of snow over inland parts of Ulster and other northern areas."

"A widespread sharp ground frost will form during clear spells with icy patches forming widely. Lowest temperatures -2 to +3 degrees, coldest inland in the north."

Cold Arctic air pulled down from Scandinavia will lead to snow showers and icy conditions over Ireland. 

Ahead of any snowfall AA Roadwatch have warned drivers to "allow extra time to defrost your car before your journey and bear in mind that stopping distances are up to 10 times longer in icy conditions."

Listen below to the weather forecast presented by Vincent O'Shea of Met Éireann on Morning Ireland.