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Nationwide Status Yellow snow and ice warning in effect

Warning of difficult driving conditions in the icy weather
Warning of difficult driving conditions in the icy weather

A nationwide Status Yellow weather warning for snow and ice has come into effect, with Met Éireann warning of potentially hazardous driving conditions in some areas.

The warning will remain in place until midday tomorrow for all counties.

Met Éireann has said blustery showers of hail, sleet and snow with icy stretches on untreated surfaces will lead to hazardous conditions on roads throughout tonight and the morning.

The forecaster has said some thunder and lightning is also expected.

A separate Status Yellow wind warning will also come into effect from 8am tomorrow for counties Clare, Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo.

The warning will remain in place until 6pm that evening, with "very strong and gusty" conditions expected in those areas.

Temperatures are set to drop to below freezing tonight, with lows of -2C in places. The forecaster says the wind chill factor will make it feel even colder than this in places.

In Northern Ireland, the Met Office has issued a Status Yellow wind and snow warning for Antrim, Fermanagh, Tyrone, Derry.

Frequent heavy snow showers are expected, along with very gusty winds and a small chance of frequent lightning affecting some places.

The warning, which came into place at 1pm, will be in effect until 3pm tomorrow.

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