Wind warnings issued for Donegal as storm Caroline heads for Ireland

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A Met Office yellow warning for snow and ice has been issued for Central, Tayside and Fife, Grampian, the Highlands, the Western Isles, the Northern Isles, Strathclyde, the Borders and south-west Scotland.

The Atlantic Storm looks set to bring Northwest winds of 55 to 65km/h with gusts of over 110km/h, predominantly in coastal areas. Gusts of 60-70 miles per hour are expected quite widely, with gusts to 80 miles per hour possible over high ground and around exposed coasts.

The counties now covered by the warning are Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry, but that may be broadened as the weather system nears our coast.

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Severe weather warnings for savage 80mph gusts, torrential rain, icy conditions and eight inches of snow have been issued by the forecaster.

Some 7.8in of snow could land on higher ground, with about 2in possible at lower levels.

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Any passengers booked on flights from Thursday afternoon through to and including Saturday 9th December can choose to change their booking to an alternative flight up to Wednesday next week.

Disruption to travel is likely, with rail and ferry cancellations possible.

"It is likely that some coastal routes, sea fronts and coastal communities will be affected by spray and/or large waves".

A snow-ice warning has been issued for Ireland for the coming days.

The forecaster continued: "Thursday night will be bitterly cold and windy, with clear spells and wintry showers of hail, sleet and snow, most frequent in Ulster, Connacht and in west Munster, but in other areas also. Some injuries from slips and falls on icy and snowy surfaces".

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