Snow and Storm Caroline heading for Ireland

Snow and Storm Caroline heading for Ireland

Met √Čireann said Thursday will be bitterly cold overall, with gusty north to northwest breezes bringing showers over parts of Ulster, Connacht and west Munster by the afternoon.

Forecaster Eleanor Bell, principal meteorologist at The Weather Channel, said colder air would start to affect the United Kingdom during Thursday when Storm Caroline clears the country and moves across the North Sea.

Storm Caroline is expected to barrel into the United Kingdom overnight after strengthening in the Atlantic Ocean throughout Wednesday.

The wintry weather follows snow and cold temperatures experienced in parts of Scotland earlier this month.

Met Office urged that the conditions could disrupt travel.

It is one of three weather warnings now in place around the country.

"Road, rail, air and ferry services may be affected, with longer journey times and cancellations possible".

Transport networks face widespread disruption and power cuts are possible as a result of the extreme weather, the forecaster said. Some short term loss of power and other services is possible.

"On Thursday, the strength of the wind during the morning peak period is likely to lead to bridge restrictions and closures and we would urge drivers to check ahead", said Transport Minister Humza Yousaf.

Coastal routes, seafronts and coastal communities are likely to be affected by spray or large waves.

This includes a second warning on Friday for chances of snow and ice.

Met Eireann five-day weather forecast for the coming days.

Met Eireann last issued a snow warning for Donegal last month when temperatures plunged to -2C on Thursday, November 23, leading to some snowfall on high ground housing estates in towns like Letterkenny.

Northern England is also expecting snow on Sunday evening.