Storm Fionn to batter the country in coming hours

Predicted weather pattern for Tuesday

Four weather warnings are in place as temperatures are expected to drop and snow and sleet will sweep across many parts of the country.

Met √Čireann has issued a Status Orange Wind warning for Counties Leitrim, Donegal, Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork and Kerry as Storm Fionn makes its way up the coast.

The warning, which was issued at 5.30am this Tuesday remains is valid until 3am on Wednesday.

A less severe status yellow alert for wind is also in place for all of Leinster as well as counties Cavan, Monaghan, Roscommon, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford, while a status yellow snow-ice warning is in place for the entire country.

Galway's original status yellow alert for wind has been upgraded to orange, with gusts of up to 120km expected. "Lowest temperatures between -1 and +2 degrees in fresh to strong westerly winds".

Luke Miall, a forecaster at the Met Office, said: "The forecast for today is it's likely to become a bit more wintry so we could be seeing snow for many areas, with northern and western areas seeing frequent showers".

There is also a warning for freezing temperatures, snow and ice, leading to unsafe road conditions in the coming days. That's all down to Storm Fionn, the sixth storm to strike the United Kingdom this winter.

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