Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow wind warning for the majority of Leinster, including Louth, with gusts of 90-110 km/h predicted. Winds are expected to pick up today (Wednesday) at 3pm and last for nearly 30 hours. A Status Yellow warning for snow and ice is also in place for Leinster, Cork, Tipperary and Waterford with snow accumulations of up to 4cm forecast in places.
A more severe ORANGE level weather warning is in place for the entire country. This level is for weather conditions which have the capacity to impact significantly on people in the affected areas. The issue of an Orange level weather warning implies that all recipients in the affected areas should prepare themselves in an appropriate way for the anticipated conditions.
AA Roadwatch says extreme caution is needed and is advising motorists to make sure to allow plenty of extra time to reach their destinations. It also recommends that drivers use major routes as they are more likely to have been gritted than secondary roads. It is calling on people to remember that stopping distances are ten times greater in ice and snow.
Local flooding has not been ruled out. Keep an eye on http://www.louthcoco.ie for important information.