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:
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