Published: Sat, January 20, 2018
Health Care | By Alberto Manning

Offaly hit with fresh weather warning after night of snow and ice

Offaly hit with fresh weather warning after night of snow and ice

The Met Office had previously put out a yellow warning for snow, but this has now been upgraded to amber for most of the region for between 9pm tonight and 5am tomorrow.

There is also risk of flooding in some areas after Storm Fionn created blizzard-like conditions overnight.

The Met Office says: "Showers are falling as sleet, snow and hail already in the north of the warning area, and this threat spreads to parts of Wales, the Midlands and southern England on Tuesday evening and overnight into Wednesday".

Forecasters are warning the whole of West Sussex should be on alert for snow and ice for the Wednesday morning drive to work.

A status yellow wind warning has been issued for a number of counties across the country, including Louth.

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Met Éireann has advised that "westerly winds will reach mean wind speeds of 55 to 65km/h with gusts of 90 to 110km/h".

There will be high or very high seas which are going to affect the Atlantic Seaboard over the next few days, leading to an increased risk of coastal flooding.

Rain, hail, sleet and, over higher ground, snow showers will continue to push across Wales with some small accumulations over higher ground. Highest temperatures of 3 to 7 degrees.

There is set to heavy, persistent rain today with Atlantic coastal counties being worst affected.

The chief forecaster's assessment adds: "A deepening area of low pressure is expected to track east across the United Kingdom during Wednesday night and early Thursday".

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