Met Éireann issues Status Yellow wind warnings for the weekend

Status Yellow wind warnings have been issued for the weekend by Met Éireann this afternoon (Friday, February 12).

There is a warning for counties: Donegal; Galway; Leitrim; Mayo; Sligo; Clare; Cork; Kerry; and Waterford, in place from tonight at 9:00pm until 9:00am tomorrow morning (Saturday).

Met Éireann said there will be strong southeasterly winds tonight, with mean speeds of 50 to 60 km/h and gusts to 90 km/h. Where winds are onshore, there is a risk of coastal flooding.

There is also a Status Yellow wind warning in place for counties: Dublin; Louth; Wexford; Wicklow; Meath; Donegal; Galway; Leitrim; Mayo; Sligo; Clare; Cork; Kerry; Limerick; and Waterford.

The warning is place from 6:00am on Sunday until 6:00pm the same day.

It will be very windy on Sunday, with strong to gale force southerly winds veering southwesterly. Where winds are onshore, there is a risk of coastal flooding around high tide. There is also a risk of more severe gusts for a time in parts of the west.

There is also a Status Yellow wind warning in place for Antrim and Down from 4:00am on Sunday until midnight. Strong winds are likely to lead to some travel disruption, and impacts from large waves for some coastal locations and causeways.

Snow, ice and rainfall warnings

From midnight tonight until noon tomorrow there is a Status Yellow rainfall warning in place for counties Cork, Kerry and Waterford. Met Éireann has warned of 30mm to 40mm of rainfall, with strong to gale force onshore southeast winds. There is also a river and coastal flooding risk.

From 2:00am tomorrow morning until noon there is also a Status Yellow snow and ice warning for Connacht, Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal. Snow accumulations of 5cm are possible, more so on higher ground, accompanied by fresh to strong southeast winds.

In Northern Ireland, there is a Status Yellow snow and ice warning for Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Tyrone and Derry, in place from 4:00am on Saturday until 6:00pm.

Snow will spread east during the day, with some accumulations and icy stretches. Travel may potentially be disrupted.