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WINTER IS HERE

It's a chilly, chilly day out there - and now there's a weather warning

We can expect snow or sleet showers in some areas later, and it will drop below freezing tonight.

Updated at 5.32pm

MET ÉIREANN HAS issued a weather warning with strong winds expected overnight.

Gusts are expected to reach as much as 100 km/h on Friday night and early Saturday morning,

The yellow warning is in place for Connacht, Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal and Waterford.

Some parts of the country can also expect a light dusting of snow or sleet – and temperatures will be below zero in some areas overnight.

Along with that, the wintry showers will arrive in the north, and over high hills and mountains. We can expect them to fall as rain elsewhere.

AA Roadwatch has encouraged drivers to reduce speed as a result of the warning.

“As the weather changes, motorists need to be even more careful,” AA’s Director of Consumer Affairs Conor Faughnan said.

It is pertinent that motorists reduce their speed and allow a greater braking distance when driving on wet, windy and icy roads.

Updates on driving conditions can be found on the AA’s website.

Below freezing 

Here’s what kind of weather we can expect after nightfall:

“Tonight temperatures will fall to below freezing over hills and higher ground and will be near freezing in most other places. However in western coastal counties temperatures will fall to between plus 1 and plus 3 degrees.

Wintry showers will continue but will become mostly isolated overnight. Fresh to strong northwest to north winds will slowly ease a little.

It will stay pretty cold over the weekend, with a sharp frost expected in some areas on Saturday night – but temperatures should recover on Monday.

- with reporting by Órla Ryan

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