Wind warning in effect overnight as cold sets in

Traffic disruption likely to ease as Met Éireann suggests potential for snow on Friday

A weather map showing wind speeds around Ireland at 6am on Thursday. Photograph: Magicseaweed

A weather map showing wind speeds around Ireland at 6am on Thursday. Photograph: Magicseaweed

 

A status yellow wind warning will remain in place until the morning, with Met Éireann predicting temperatures will drop overnight.

The alert came into effect at one minute past midnight on Thursday and will not be lifted until 6am on Friday.

Strong to gale force and blustery southeasterly winds will veer southwesterly overnight, with some severe gusts expected in coastal areas. Temperatures are expected to be between 2 and 6 degrees.

Sunny spells were anticipated for Friday morning with showers mainly on the west coast. The rain is likely to move across the country as the day goes on turning heavy in the evening.

Met Éireann are predicting a risk of snow and sleet on high ground on Friday night especially in the east.

On Thursday, traffic was disrupted by fallen trees on the Old Cabra Road in Dublin and on the N77 in Co Kilkenny.

A flood warning was in place in Cork city centre in the morning and a number of areas along the quays in the city were restricted for a time due to flooding.