FOUR SEVERE WEATHER warnings are in effect this morning, as the latest storm of the winter season – named Jake – batters Ireland.
The most serious advisory – an orange alert – covers the ‘coastal fringes of the north, west and south’.
It’s particularly bad in Donegal, according to reports this morning.
Here are the details:
Orange: Wind Warning for Coastal fringes of the north, west and south
Westerly winds, veering northwest, will increase to mean speeds of 65 to 75km/h with gusts of 110 to 130km/h in exposed areas with high seas also.
- Valid until 8am
Yellow: Wind Warning for Ireland
Westerly winds veering northwest are expected to reach mean speeds of 50 to 65km/h with gusts of 90 to 110km/h.
- Valid until 10am
Yellow: Snow-ice Warning for Connacht, Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal
Heavy snow showers are expected leading to accumulations of 3cm in parts of Connacht, Ulster and Leinster, larger accumulations likely on higher ground.
- Valid until 9am
In its status yellow advisory for the coastal areas of the north, west and south, Met Éireann describes Storm Jake as “a depression in the Atlantic to the south of Iceland” that will track eastwards to the North of Ireland and become complex.
A small low pressure centre or trough is expected to cross northern parts of Ireland and will sustain a very strong core of winds over the southern two thirds of the country, producing a storm force gradient in western and southern sea areas and an orange status wind warning has been issued for coastal counties of the north, west and south.