Snow and ice weather warning comes into force

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Met Éireann issued the status yellow weather warning last night for scattered snow showers on Thursday, Thursday night and into Friday.

Looking ahead to tonight's forecast, Met Eireann predict: "Wintry showers will be widespread overnight and frequent in the north with accumulations of snow over inland parts of Ulster and other northern areas".

"When evening comes in, temperatures will drop and those showers will turn wintry in Donegal, north Mayo, Connemara, north Longford and north Midlands".

Today in Kildare will be a cold, bright, windy day according to Met Eireann, with a slight risk of snow.

The wet weather today (Thursday) has been accompanied by temperatures reaching 12°C, but from tomorrow (Friday, December 8) it will feel much sharper with a maximum temperature of 3°C. "Northwest winds will be strong and gusty".

Along with higher ground, counties in the north and north west are expected to be worst hit. "Northwest winds will be strong and gust", reads the official website.

Meanwhile, the Road Safety Authority has warned motorists to expect the unexpected with high winds and icy conditions.