A status orange wind warning has been issued by Met Éireann for counties Cavan and Monaghan from midnight tonight with gusts of up to 130km/h predicted; while
on Friday night, snow is expected to fall over the hills and mountains in the west and northwest.
The latest status orange alert, which is in place until 9am tomorrow morning (Friday), is valid for 17 counties - Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Dublin, Longford, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Waterford.
Gusts of up to 130 km/h will occur at times, Met Éireann has warned. The strongest winds will be felt mainly in northern and western coastal areas.
It is the latest in a succession of storms since December that have caused widespread flooding and major travel disruption.
Meanwhile, a status yellow warning is in place for nine counties - Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Offaly, Westmeath, Roscommon, Limerick and Tipperary.
Gusts of southwest winds are expected to reach up to 110 km/h at times in those areas.
The adverse weather conditions will sweep into the country in a rapidly deepening Atlantic depression, which will pass through Ireland to the north of Scotland during tomorrow.
“It will bring a swathe of severe winds across Ireland, Scotland and northern England through [tonight] and Friday,” Met Éireann meteorologists have said.
Orange-status warnings have been issued by both Met Éireann and the UK Met Office.
Meanwhile, the Road Safety Authority (RSA) is advising all road users today to take extreme care when using the roads while the orange weather warning remains in place.
Road users are advised to:
- Beware of objects being blown out onto the road and to expect the unexpected. In particular watch out for falling/fallen debris on the road and vehicles veering across the road.
- Control of a vehicle may be affected by strong cross winds. High sided vehicles and motorcyclists are particularly vulnerable to strong winds.
Drivers should allow extra space around vulnerable road users such as cyclists, pedestrians and motorcyclists as they may be blown off course by strong winds.
Use dipped headlights at all times of poor visibility not parking/side lights and fog lights.
- Pedestrians should take extra care when crossing the road and cyclists when cycling in traffic as a sudden gust of wind could blow you into the path of an oncoming vehicle.
- Pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists are advised to be seen. Wear bright clothing with reflective armbands or a reflective belt.
Pedestrians should walk on a footpath, not in the street. Walk on the right hand side of the road, facing traffic if there are no footpaths.
For advice on severe weather driving tips please see severe weather advice on the RSA website or check out the RSA Facebook and Twitter pages.
For more weather updates visit Met Eireann’s website www.met.ie