Numerous weather warnings remain in place today

Numerous weather warnings for strong winds, heavy rainfall as well as snow and ice remain in place today (Thursday, December 14), according to Met Eireann.

A status yellow rainfall warning was issued for parts of the west and north-west yesterday (Wednesday, December 13), with up to 50mm of rain expected in some areas.

The warning – for counties Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo – remains valid up until 1:00pm this afternoon. Heavy thundery downpours over the 24-hour period were forecast, with rainfall accumulations ranging from 30mm to 50mm.

As well as this, a status yellow weather warning for strong winds has been issued for counties Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick.

Remaining valid right up until midnight tonight, west to south-west winds with mean speeds of 50kph to 65kph are likely. There will also be a risk of gusts reaching between 90kph and 110kph.

Meanwhile, a status yellow weather warning for snow and ice has been issued for all of Ireland.

Widespread heavy and thundery showers are forecast for today. These are expected to produce hail, sleet and snow at times – leading to accumulations of ice on untreated surfaces.

The warning is set to remain valid until 8:00pm tonight.

These weather warnings follow on from a significant cold snap since late last week. Up to 8cm of snow fell in certain parts of the country last weekend. The cold conditions continued this week, as values fell to sub-zero temperatures overnight.