Latest: Storm Fionn forecast to bring 120km/h winds to eight counties

Update 1pm: A status orange wind warning has been issued for eight counties, as Storm Fionn is expected to bring very strong winds along the Atlantic coast.

The warning will be in effect for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork and Kerry between 3pm this afternoon and 3am tomorrow morning.

Met Éireann is forecasting mean wind speeds of 65 to 80 km/h and gusts of up to 120 km/hr.

The winds are set to be strongest near coasts, leading to a risk of flooding.

6.44am:

Weather alerts are in force around the country today for snow, ice, high winds and flooding.

The west and the north of the country are feeling the worst of the bad weather.

A Status Yellow Snow and Ice Warning that came into effect overnight is to remain in place until early tomorrow.

Met Eireann says some accumulations of snow are likely especially in northern and western areas and over hills.

The Road Safety Authority is warning motorists to drive with care in the slippery conditions.

Meanwhile, a Wind Warning is in place for all coastal counties from Donegal to Cork with westerly winds gusting up to 110 kilometres per hour, and possibly higher on exposed coasts this afternoon.

Atlantic counties are also subject to a coastal flood warning, due to high or very high seas between now and Thursday morning.

- Digital desk

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