Between 4cm and 8cm of snow expected to fall

Between 4cm and 8cm of snow is expected to fall in the coming days, as Met Eireann has issued a status orange weather warning for snow and ice.

The warning was recently issued and it is set to be valid from now until 6:00pm tomorrow evening (Friday, December 8) with plenty of snow showers expected.

Larger accumulations are likely on high ground. There will also be a danger of icy roads and footpaths.

Counties Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Longford, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo are set to be affected by this warning.

Meanwhile, a status yellow weather warning for snow and ice is also forecast for Munster as well as counties Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Offaly, Westmeath, Meath and Roscommon.

The warning has been valid from 4:00pm this evening and it will remain in place until 6:00pm tomorrow evening.

According to Met Eireann, occasional snow showers will occur this evening, tonight and during Friday – with accumulations of up to 3cm expected. There will also be a risk of some icy roads and footpaths.

A number of status yellow wind warnings were also issued this week, with gusts exceeding 100kph having been forecast. The strongest winds are most likely along coastal areas.

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