Status yellow warning and snow expected throughout Ireland on Thursday

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Two separate weather warnings have been issued as Storm Caroline bears down on Ireland.

The powerful storm front has resulted in a nationwide snow-ice warning due to kick in tonight at 11pm.

According to Met Éireann, those counties can expect southerly winds "of 50 to 65 km/h - with gusts of 90 to 110km/h along coastal areas".

"Scattered snow showers will occur later Thursday, Thursday night and into Friday".

The status yellow warning is in effect from 4pm Thursday, and remains in place until the same time on Friday.

The north and northwest counties will be those most at risk, as well as higher ground in other areas of the country.

The weather will take a turn in the next 24 hours, and it's set to become bitterly cold for the next few days.

It should clear up by Saturday but there is still a risk of wintry showers.

Forecasters had earlier warned it will be "bitterly cold" for the rest of the week despite a mild day today.

Snow is forecast but it will not be as bad in coastal areas as it will be in inland areas.

"Minimum temperatures minus 2 to plus 2 Celsius, with frost and icy stretches".