Storm Caroline batters Ireland overnight as Met Eireann warns of icy washout

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A snow-ice warning has been issued for Ireland for the coming days.

Describing the wind warning for Thursday Met Éireann says: "An Atlantic storm will pass close to the north coast of Scotland on Thursday morning".

One was a wind warning for Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Kerry, which is due to remain in place until 11pm tonight.

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

The UK Met Office has named the storm Caroline.

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"Any sudden change in weather conditions, be it snow, ice or heavy rainfall can have a serious impact on traffic across affected areas".

Met Éireann says scattered snow showers will occur from late Thursday and into Friday.

The warning applies to Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Kerry, where southerly winds of 50 to 65 km/h are expected, with gusts of 90 to 110km/h along coastal areas on Wednesday.

Another warning is in place for Thursday from 3am until 8pm, as Storm Caroline hits Scotland, and will also generate strong and blustery winds over Ireland.

Thursday is set to be a cold, windy day, with widespread wintry showers.

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