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Ice, wintry showers likely as temperatures set to drop

Horse riders and joggers in the frost in Co Kildare (Pic: RollingNews.ie)
Horse riders and joggers in the frost in Co Kildare (Pic: RollingNews.ie)

Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow Wind warning for County Donegal for tomorrow, with strong and gusty westerly winds, especially near coasts and on high ground.

It will be in effect from midday until 10pm.

The UK Met Office has also issued a Yellow Wind and Rain warning for counties Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Tyrone, and Derry.

The warning will come into effect from 2pm tomorrow afternoon, and will be in place until 3am on Sunday morning.

Elsewhere, the weather is set to turn colder this weekend with a chance of ice and wintry showers.

Met Éireann has said weather warnings are likely to be issued, mainly for wind and rain.

The forecaster said it will turn cold across the country between Sunday evening and Thursday morning as an Arctic airflow becomes established, bringing sharp to severe frosts and icy stretches on roads and footpaths.

Some showers of hail, sleet and snow are expected with the potential for freezing fog.

Temperatures are set to drop to –2C in some parts of the country tomorrow night, leading to wintry falls on higher ground, with frost and icy stretches also expected to develop.

Sunday is expected to bring spells of sunshine, but there will also be falls of sleet at times and temperatures could drop to as low as -4C.

Further low temperatures are also forecast on Monday night into Tuesday morning, with pockets of freezing fog in some areas and lows of -3 or -4C.

Average temperatures over the next week are forecast to be slightly below normal for January.

Meanwhile, power was restored to many homes and businesses this morning after outages in several parts of the country overnight.

Donegal County Council Roads Services also responded to a number of call outs yesterday evening due to the weather, but all roads were open this morning.

A number of trees were blown onto roads in a few locations including Killybegs, Castlefinn and Ballyshannon and were cleared by council crews.

The heavy rain resulted in localised flooding, in particular in the wider Cloich Chionnaola area, in the Finn Valley and Inishowen.

Additional reporting Eileen Magnier

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