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Strong winds expected in some counties as Storm Caroline impacts Ireland

07 December 2017

Met Eireann issued the status yellow caution on Wednesday, which is in place from 4pm on Thursday December 7 until 4pm Friday December 8.

An Atlantic storm heading for the north coast of Scotland is expected to bring strong winds to the west coast of the country.

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"The UK Met Office have named it Storm Caroline".

The weather will take a turn in the next 24 hours, and it's set to become bitterly cold for the next few days. Met Éireann says, southerly winds of up to 65 km an hour are expected with gusts of up to 110km an hour along coastal areas.

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Scattered snow showers will occur later Thursday, Thursday night and into Friday, while slight to moderate accumulations are possible with up to 3cm in parts.

Forecasters had earlier warned it will be "bitterly cold" for the rest of the week despite a mild day today. "Motorists will need to slow down for their own safety, resulting in longer journey times, but you will also see more cars on the roads in affected areas", Elaine O'Sullivan, acting editor of AA Roadwatch stated.

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The wind warning will be in place from 3am on Thursday morning until 8pm that evening.

Strong winds expected in some counties as Storm Caroline impacts Ireland