Orange weather warning to remain until tomorrow night

Orange weather warning to remain until tomorrow night

Heavy and persistent rain will spread from the southwest overnight and will quickly turn wintry with some large accumulations of snow across much of the province.

The Status Orange warning will remain in place until 10am tomorrow (Monday, December 11).

The warning, which will be in effect from 11 pm Saturday until 11 pm Sunday, was made this morning and will affect the counties of Sligo, Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Leitrim, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Dublin, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Wicklow, Offaly, Westmeath and Meath.

Lowest temperatures of -2° to -8° are given, with it expected to be coldest in the midlands.

An orange warning is the middle of three warning categories used by Met Eireann.

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Any lingering rain, sleet and snow in the south is expected to clear early tonight, according to Met Eireann.

People living in areas where the snow and ice weather warning has been issued should exercise extreme caution when travelling and avoid unnecessary journeys.

"Strong to gale force westerly winds this morning over Munster with temperatures here of 5 to 7C, but generally very cold with highs of only zero to 4C in a fresh east to northeast wind".

Road safety chiefs are urging motorists, pedestrians and cyclists to take extra care. Do not use hot water on the windscreen as it can crack the glass. It can also fall off during your drive and cause injury to pedestrians or a reflex action by another driver. Allow extra distance between you and the vehicle in front.

Please listen to local media/social media for updates on the status of the weather warnings and/or advice issued by the emergency services.

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