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Heavy rain, snow and flooding are in the offing after a weather warning was issued for the Dublin area.

You should batten down the hatches and wrap up warm as Met Eireann has said we are in for an un- settled few days.

The forecaster issued a status yellow rainfall warning for Dublin today.

Concern

The same warning is also in place for Connacht, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Wicklow, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath, Clare and Tipperary.

Met Eireann said it expects up to 25mm of rain, and meteorologist Liz Gavin said this may lead to widespread flooding.

"The main concern at the moment is that we have a yellow rainfall warning in operation," she told the Herald.

"We are going to see a spell of rain extending across the country.

"That rain is likely to be preceded by a period of sleet and snow in parts of Connacht, Ulster and north Leinster.

"Overnight there's a risk of some really hazardous driving conditions before the precipitation turns back to rain overnight.

"Rivers are quite elevated at the moment, which combined with the rainfall and as the snow melts will lead to some localised surface flooding."

She said it will become quite cold later in the evening and into tomorrow with showers - many of them wintry with a mix of hail, sleet and snow - from tomorrow and Wednesday as well.

"There are wintry showers for Tuesday and Wednesday and we could even see some thunder," she added.

While the rain warning is expected to be lifted later today, the possibility of sleet and snow in the colder temperatures will remain until Wednesday.


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