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Red wind and Orange snow warnings for Storm Eunice

Met Éireann has issued a red wind warning for Storm Eunice for Cork and Kerry, the highest level of warning, with an Orange snow warning for several northern and western counties.

Along with the extremely strong and damaging winds, Storm Eunice will also bring spells of heavy rain and snow leading to challenging and disruptive travel conditions.

Met Éireann meteorologist Gerry Murphy said,

“Early tonight strong winds, rain and sleet will move in from the southwest as Storm Eunice approaches. We’re going to see winds really picking up in the early hours of Friday morning with storm force winds, heavy rain and snow leading to very challenging conditions.  We can expect to see fallen trees, damage to power lines and buildings, with hazardous driving conditions and delays and cancellations to transport.”

“We have issued a Red wind warning for Cork and Kerry as wind speeds are expected to reach 80km/h with gusts in excess 130km/h.  Red warnings mean weather conditions will be extremely dangerous with a significant threat to life – we’re urging people in these areas not to make unnecessary journeys and follow advice from local authorities and emergency services.

Meteorologist Gerry Murphy continued: “As well as strong winds, Storm Eunice will bring heavy rain and snow and this will also lead to some challenging conditions.  An Orange snow warning is in place for Donegal, Leitrim, Sligo, Mayo and Roscommon until Friday afternoon, with heavy sleet and snow leading to blizzard conditions and treacherous driving conditions.”

Wind and snow warnings are also in place for Northern Ireland through tomorrow, with red and orange marine warnings in place across all Irish coastal waters with violent storm conditions at sea.

For the most accurate and up to date forecast for your area on the Island of Ireland go to met.ie. The latest weather advisories and warnings for Ireland are on the Met Éireann Warnings page. These services and more are available on our free app – available from the App store for iPhone, and Play store for Android.

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