Three weather warnings issued as wind, rain and ice hit
IT is often said that March 'comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb', and the first part seems likely as Met Eireann predict very unsettled weather for the last few days of February.
Dublin City Council activated flood defences in some parts of the capital today due to high tides this afternoon.
Flood defences were also activated along the rivers Dodder and Tolka, while car parks on the seafronts at Clontarf and Sandymount remained closed.
Elsewhere forecasters issued three weather warnings - with an orange status warning for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick in place until Tuesday morning.
"A period of extremely windy weather is expected overnight Sunday through to Tuesday morning," Met Eireann said.
"Southwesterly winds will reach mean speeds of 65 to 80 kilometers per hour and give gusts of over 110 kilometers per hour.
"Gusts to 130 kilometers per hour are possible at times, in some exposed coastal and hilly areas.
"There will be high seas and some high tides and coastal flooding is possible. Winds will veer westerly during Monday afternoon and northwesterly overnight."
Meanwhile, residents in Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Roscommon, Tipperary and Waterford have been issued with a yellow status wind warning.
Southwesterly winds will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65 kilometers per hour, and give gusts of 90 to 110 kilometers per hour, mainly in coastal areas.
Meanwhile a status yellow snow-ice warning has also been issued for Connacht, Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal from 10pm tonight until noon on Monday.
"Wintry showers of hail, sleet and snow, will occur at times overnight and early Monday morning," it said.
"These will be most frequent over the north and west of the country, where accumulations of snow of up to 3cm are likely, with larger values possible on higher ground. With strong winds forecast, driving conditions could become poor.
"The showers will continue into Monday morning."
Met Eireann said the unsettled weather will continue for the rest of the week.
While very cold and windy on Monday, it will be milder from Tuesday afternoon and on Wednesday.
Thursday and Friday are expected to be very cold and windy again.
"For next weekend, early indications are for milder conditions, but wet and windy at times," it added.
In Northern Ireland, the Met Office has issued a yellow ice and snow warning.
The UK's national forecaster has predicted frequent sleet, snow and hail showers for the region through Monday and well into Tuesday.
It said snowfall of between 1-3 cms was possible on low ground, with strong winds also forecast.
Elsewhere, a blast of snowy weather has brought blizzard conditions to parts of northern Britain along with treacherous road conditions.
A band of wet weather swept in from the Atlantic Ocean this morning, bringing rain to many parts of the country and snow to Scotland and the higher areas of northern England.
And forecasters there say more is on the way.
One person was rescued by lifeboat and another managed to scramble to shore after they were knocked from a wall by waves during gale-force winds.
An RAF helicopter was called out to help with the rescue after the pair went into the water at South Shore, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency said.
A spokesman said coastguards received an emergency call at 6pm today saying one person had been knocked into the sea by wave.