Snow-ice warning upgraded to status orange for several counties

Batten down the hatches: Met Éireann issue warning to 7 counties

Winter is coming - and it could bring snow to London this weekend

The Met Office has issued a yellow weather warning for tomorrow and Saturday due to snow and dangerously icy conditions.

From Thursday evening and into Friday, the north and northwest of the country have been put on alert for snow showers and icy conditions.

An amber warning for snow will be in place across the West Midlands region between midnight and 6pm on Friday in response to anticipated frequent snow showers.

The warning is in place from 4am on Sunday morning, with forecasters predicting a spell of heavy snow over some parts of the United Kingdom during the day.

Forecasters warned that "significant falls of snow are likely to cause accumulations of 3 cm or greater above mean sea level".

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The warning is valid for 24 hours from 4pm this afternoon.

The Road Safety Authority has issued advice for road users, with motorists & cyclists being urged to watch out for black ice on the roads.

A wind warning for Donegal, Mayo, Galway, Leitrim, Sligo, Clare and Kerry came into effect from 3am as northwest winds are set to gust to 110kph. "Icy stretches too. North and North West counties will be most at risk, as well as higher ground elsewhere".

According to Met Eireann there will be wintry showers right across the country with accumulations of snow over northern areas. North-west winds staying strong and gusty.

"Mainly dry across the south and southwest". Widespread frost early and late. "Lowest temperatures -2 to +3 degrees, coldest inland in the north". High-sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds.

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