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Four weather warnings in place as temperatures of -5 degrees and 8 cm snow forecast

Met Eireann says, “Slippery paths and treacherous roads also due to snow accumulation and ice.”

THERE ARE FOUR separate weather warnings in place, including a Status Orange snow-ice warning for 13 counties.

Snow of up to 8 cm is expected in some parts of the country tonight, with temperatures dropping as low as -5 degrees.

The most severe warning, the Status Orange snow-ice warning, has been issued for Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Wicklow, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath, Galway, Mayo, Roscommon and Tipperary.

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It’s valid from 11pm tonight until 11pm tomorrow. Met Eireann says significant falls of snow are expected with accumulations of up to 8 cm.

“Slippery paths and treacherous roads also due to snow accumulation and ice.”

A Status Yellow wind warning is also in place for Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Waterford. It will kick in at 1am until 12 noon tomorrow.

Winds are expected to reach speeds of up to 65 km/h with gusts of up to 110km/h early tomorrow.

This afternoon, Met Eireann issued two new warnings – a Status Yellow rainfall warning for Wexford, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and Waterford and a Status Yellow snow-ice warning for Dublin, Louth, Wexford, Cavan, Monaghan, Leitrim, Sligo and Waterford.

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The rainfall warning will be valid from 9pm tonight until 11pm tomorrow, while the snow-ice warning will kick in two hours later at 11pm, but will also be valid until 11pm tomorrow.

The rainfall warning could mean falls of up to 40mm, while the snow-ice warning was issued as rain and sleet are expected overnight and tomorrow, with a risk of snowfall and icy conditions.

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