Met Éireann issue snow and ice warning ahead of the weekend

Met Éireann issue snow and ice warning ahead of the weekend

IRISH weather chiefs have issued a new snow-ice warning for the entire country ahead of Storm Caroline blowing in.

A status yellow wind warning is also in place for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry. The rain will be heavy and preceded by sleet and snow across the north and east and may give accumulations over high ground.

Accumulations of 4 to 8 cm expected, with the larger values on high ground.

The warning is valid for 24 hours from 4pm today.

A status yellow snow-ice warning is also in place for Munster, Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath and Roscommon.

While the page admitted "things can change rapidly", icy roads are likely to be the biggest concern tonight and tomorrow. "Northwest winds will be strong and gust", reads the official website. "Lowest temperatures -2 to +3 degrees, coldest inland in the north".

Commenting on the research, Deirdre Ashe, Director of Personal Lines at Liberty Insurance, said: "Our research reveals that as a country, we now lack confidence in our driving abilities in adverse weather conditions".

"There will be a cold spell for the next ten days".

The Met Office has warned of flying debris that could lead to injuries or danger to life, while damage to property is also possible. This means icy roads, particularly in the north and west of the country.