Four weather warnings in place as Storm Jake brings hurricane force gusts and snow strike the country
Published 02/03/2016 | 02:30
Temperatures are set to plunge with snow showers expected as Storm Jake sweeps in across Ireland.
A Status Orange weather warning has been put in place for coastal fringes for the north, west and south of the country, while the whole country has been given a Status Yellow wind warning.
Overnight there were gusts of up to 130kmp in some coastal areas of the northern, south and west of the country.
Winds of 72 knots (up to 130km/h) were reported overnight at Mace Head.
There is even a warning that hurricane force gusts could batter some parts of the country, Siobhan Ryan of Met Eireann said.
Storm Jake is the tenth winter storm so far this season.
As well as high winds temperatures are expected to plunge over the cross of the day, with Met Eireann forecasting temperatures of -1 overnight. Met Eireann has issued a snow and ice warning for Connacht, Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal.
Motorists have been urged to take care on the roads with the high winds and ice warnings.
Already snow has been reported in county Donegal and Monaghan.
Snow showers overnight are expected to lead to up to 3cms in parts of Connacht, Ulster and Leinster
Larger amounts of snow are expected to settle on higher ground overnight
Met Eireann has warned that winds will continue this morning, with storm force winds in coastal areas of the west and southwest.
Heavy showers will move in with the winds with longer spells of rain and wet snow in places. Some areas will be exposed to the risk of thunder.
The afternoon will see strong blusterly showers of rain and hail.
Winds will ease this evening, but with clearing skies, temperatures will drop dramatically, with lows of -3 degrees.
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