Louth set to be battered with 110 km/h winds tonight and "significant accumulations of snow"

Met Eireann's Yellow Weather Warning is in place from 6pm tonight

Tia Clarke

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The Square captured under a blanket of snow last night at 8pm (photo by Adam Matthews)

Louth is set to be battered with "very strong winds" and gusts of up to 110 km/h. 

Met Eireann has issued a Status Yellow weather warning from 6pm tonight until 2am on Thursday. 

The national weather forecaster said: "Wind Warning for Munster, Leinster and Galway. Very strong winds will occur Wednesday evening into the early hours of Thursday."

"Southwest to west winds will reach mean speeds between 50 and 65km/h with gusts between 90 and 110 km/h."

There will also be "high seas along Atlantic coasts" with a risk of "coastal flooding".

The weather forecaster also says "rain will turn to sleet and snow leading to significant accumulations of snow" in countries in the North of the country. 

Co Louth was hit by a flurry of snow last night.

Louth County Council gritted roads from 1am last night, leaving most roads passable for this morning's commuters. 

Rain showers throughout the night and a temperature increase overnight also helped to clear snowy

Met Eireann's forecast for today says: "Frost, ice and lying snow will largely clear at lower elevations by this afternoon, with sunny spells developing. Scattered showers will continue, however, with some still wintry in the north and on higher ground.

"Fresh to strong and gusty westerly winds will gradually moderate through the day. Cold with afternoon temperatures of just 3 to 7 degrees." 

By tonight Met Eireann says we can expect very windy conditions "as a spell of heavy rain spreads eastwards and clears to scattered showers later in the night." 

And there may still be more snow in store. Met Eireann says: "However, in the north rain will turn to sleet and snow leading to significant accumulations of snow.

"Westerly winds will be very strong with severe gusts over Leinster, Munster and parts of Connacht but in the north winds will be fresh to strong. But as the rain clears winds will moderate. Lowest temperatures will be 0 to +4 degrees."