Weather: Snow and ice warning for Northern Ireland

Weather alert: snow and Storm Caroline heading for Ireland

With a cold blast of weather and even snow showers forecast for later this week, Ireland will also have to bear the brunt of Storm Caroline that is expected to hit the United Kingdom in the coming days.

They have also added a yellow weather warning for the southern half of Scotland and parts of Northern Ireland between 6am and 6pm tomorrow.

The warning, which was announced this afternoon, will remain in place until 8pm on Thursday evening.

When the storm eases on Friday, a blast of freezing air from Russian Federation - dubbed the "Beast from the East" - is forecast to send temperatures plummeting to lows of -8C.

'Overnight, the main feature will be the increase in wind as Caroline starts to come in towards the end of the night.

Met Eireann's Nuala Carey said: "Thursday will be a cold day with strong and gusty winds on western and north-western coasts".

"Gusts of 60-70mph are expected quite widely, with gusts to 80mph possible near north-facing mainland coasts and across the isles".

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"Road, rail, air, and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible", the Yellow weather warning reads. Some short-term loss of power and other services is possible.

Met √Čireann says scattered snow showers will occur from late Thursday and into Friday.

Winds are forecast to strengthen across parts of Britain on Wednesday ahead of the arrival of Storm Caroline.

However, their weather charts show snow is expected in Wales, the West Midlands, and Northern Ireland from around 6am.

"It is likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves".

Ground frost and ice will be a problem on untreated roads on Friday as temperatures drop to as low as minus five degrees in places.

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