Status yellow warning and snow expected throughout Ireland on Thursday

Wind map for 3am on Thursday

Wind map for 3am on Thursday

IRELAND is bracing itself for an icy washout as weather chiefs warn of a thunder-snow cocktail as Storm Caroline blows in.

The status yellow warning was issued today and covers the entire country from 4pm on Thursday until 4pm on Friday.

Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Kerry are included in both of the warnings, while Leitrim, Sligo and Clare are included in the second warning. Northwest winds of 55 to 65 are expected to gust 100 km/h to 110 km/h and the strongest winds are expected in coastal areas and over high ground.

The warning, which covers Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Kerry, will be in effect until 11pm tonight.

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And that's before we even mention the severe frost and snow showers forecast for Thursday and heading into the weekend, with temperatures expected to drop to as low as -3 degrees in places.

Thursday is set to be a cold, windy day, with widespread wintry showers.

Another warning is in place for Thursday from 3am until 8pm, as Storm Caroline hits Scotland, and will also generate strong and blustery winds over Ireland.

"Any sudden change in weather conditions, be it snow, ice or heavy rainfall can have a serious impact on traffic across affected areas".

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