Snow and ice warning for Donegal today

Met Eireann issues snow and ice warning for Kildare

The Met Office has extended a snow and ice warning that is in force for the East Midlands this weekend.

Public transport could also be at risk of being cancelled.

They are predicting accumulations of 4 to 8cm of snow in some areas, with larger amounts on higher ground.

Forecasters say: "Snow showers will occur this evening, tonight and during Friday".

However, that has now been upgraded to a higher status orange warning for Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Longford, Leitrim, Mayo and Sligo.

It's because an Atlantic storm, Storm Caroline, is passing close to us.

Met Eireann forecasters say last night's rain has moved on towards the United Kingdom but snow accumulations of up to 3cm are set for the north and northwest of the country.

The warning is in place until 6pm on Friday.

Road users are advised to take extra care when travelling, to allow plenty of extra time to complete your journey and to consider whether your journey is absolutely necessary before setting out, by first checking the very latest forecast and road conditions.

Phil Stockford, emergency planning manager at Highways England, said: "Gritters are out treating our routes around the clock, but it is still important to drive to the conditions when snow is forecast".

Tomorrow, Friday, will be another cold day with a mix of cloud and sunny spells. "Most days it will be less than 6 or 7 degrees".

It adds: "There is now a good deal of uncertainty over the precise track of the areas of rain and snow".

"Northwest winds will be strong and gusty with highest temperatures of 4C to 7C".

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