Yellow weather warning issued ahead of Storm Arwen
The warning is in place for three counties.
The wind warning is in place for Donegal, Mayo and Sligo and it commences at 3pm. Meanwhile, the UK Met Office has issued a Status Weather wind warning for Northern Ireland which has been in effect since 9am today.
The Northern Ireland weather warning will remain in place for today and tomorrow, while the warnings for Donegal, Mayo and Sligo are in place until tonight.
According to Met Éireann, the gusts will peak this afternoon, and there is a chance that strong winds will bring down trees with potential power and travel disruption on the cards.
Gusts of up to 110km/h are expected in the affected regions. The temperature will stay between 4 and 9 degrees.
Storm Arwen, which is the first storm of the season, will batter Ireland with strong northerly winds as well as a polar air.
Storm Arwen - Named by the @metoffice, #StormArwen will bring a spell of cold & very windy weather to the UK on Friday & Saturday.
It’ll be cold & windy for Ireland too, especially across northern areas where we have yellow wind warnings in place ⚠️
⚠️ https://t.co/XGJxZFd5UU pic.twitter.com/UxcYvDR3wj
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) November 25, 2021
Northern and north-western coasts will be most affected by the winds.
The effects of Storm Arwen will be felt elsewhere in the country with widespread showers and a possibility of sleet and snow on higher grounds.
Commenting on the incoming storm, Met Éireann's Elizabeth Coleman said: "It’s going to be a cold and very windy day on Friday. We’ll see north to northwest winds starting to pick up through Thursday night into Friday morning, peaking late Friday afternoon."
She continued: "Gale to strong gale force winds are forecast along north facing coasts, generating large coastal waves and spray overtopping. Strong northerly winds over land in the north and northwest could bring down some trees and power lines with travel disruption possible."
Tonight, meanwhile, will be cold with temperatures expected to fall below freezing in many areas.
Saturday will see the winds ease a little but it will remain cold with long spells of sunshine, though the north and west coast may expect showers throughout the day.
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