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Met Éireann issues Donegal with Storm Caroline weather warning

08 December 2017

STORM CAROLINE is set to bring heavy gales, snow, and ice to Ireland in the coming hours as the extreme weather conditions make their way from the United Kingdom to Irish shores.

Storm Caroline hasn't even arrived yet, but weather forecasters are already predicting that there's going to be a massive dump of snow hot on her heels.

As the storm moves towards Scandinavia, it will pull cold Arctic air down across Ireland, leading to snow showers and a risk of ice.

The warning was issued at around the same time Storm Caroline was officially named by the Met Office in the United Kingdom.

The storm is expected to last all day, with a yellow "be aware" warning for wind also in force for the southern half of Scotland and northern parts of Northern Ireland.

From Friday to Sunday we're being told to expect strong northwesterly winds and snow showers.

Between 10 and 20cm of snow can be expected over hills and mountains.

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"At the moment we have a yellow weather warning in place, but it could be upgraded to amber".

It follows the UK Met Office naming an Atlantic storm which is set to hit Thursday Storm Caroline.

Loss of power will be another concern, along with large waves at the coast.

Friday will also be cold, Met Éireann said, with sunshine and scattered rain, hail, sleet and snow showers, and temperatures of 3 to 6 degrees in gusty northwesterly winds.

The Met Office has issued an amber "be prepared" weather warning for Thursday with gusts of up to 90mph expected to batter the region through the morning.

Brian Gaze, forecaster for Weather Outlook, said: "Colder easterly air expected from as far away as Siberia means minimum temperatures as low as -16C could be seen this winter in Scotland, with -12C even in sheltered parts of southern England".

Met Éireann issues Donegal with Storm Caroline weather warning