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Snow and ice warning issued as temperatures plunge

Snow and ice warning issued as temperatures plunge

The warning is in place from 4am on Sunday morning, with forecasters predicting a spell of heavy snow over some parts of the United Kingdom during the day.

According to the Met Office a covering of snow is possible anywhere by Friday morning with 2-5cm across northern and western counties and up to 10cm possible on high ground in the north west.

The warning, for counties Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Longford, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo, came into effect at 4pm.

Met Eireann have warned of a cold snap set to take hold across the country while a status yellow weather warning was issued last night as Storm Caroline makes its way toward Irish shores.

Met √Čireann says these areas can expect occasional snow showers on Thursday evening and during Friday with accumulations of up to three centimetres in places.

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Forecasters warn of snow showers over the evening, as well as on Friday. Frost may linger in places and temperatures at best will range 1 to 3 degrees.

Donegal is set for a cold snap with wintry showers, snow and freezing temperatures which will continue into next week.

Temperatures will drop to zero or below zero tonight for the bulk of the country, he said, but will hit as low at minus 3C in the northwest tomorrow.

"There will be a cold spell for the next ten days".