Brace yourself Ireland: The storm has landed
Published 31/01/2014 | 21:53
This real-time global wind map from Google shows Ireland exactly what they are in for this weekend.
The country has being preparing itself all week for the predicted winter storm, and this snapshot from earth.nullschool.net seems to prove the forecasts correct.
Snow is already falling in the West tonight, with Twitter users posting pictures of 'the white stuff' from Co Mayo and Co Donegal.
Met Eireann have put a national orange weather warning in place, as heavy rain and severe to galeforce gusts are expected later tonight.
Consequently, Ireland is once again at risk from coastal flooding and sandbags are being readied nationwide in attempt to minimise potential damage – similar to that experienced earlier this year.
Dublin City Council announced last night that its Flooding Advisory Group would be putting measures in place over the coming days to deal with the conditions, which are expected to last until Monday.
Temperatures are expected to drop to a low as -2 degrees in some parts of the country.
AA roadwatch and gardai are advising motorists of extremely dangerous driving conditions across the country.
Drivers have been asked to take extra care of sharp ground frost tonight, with the risk of icy patches by morning.