Status yellow wind warning issued for Co Louth

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The Capital is braced for at least four days of snow with wintry weather conditions expected from tonight.

The Met Office say: "Very strong winds will affect parts of the United Kingdom during Wednesday night and into Thursday".

Through the night there will be some heavy showers which bring the risk of several centimetres of snow and risk of ice. There is an increased risk of coastal flooding due to the combination of the high seas, strong winds and the low pressure so please stay away from low lying coastal areas.

Speaking at Holyrood on Wednesday, Scottish Transport Secretary Humza Yousaf echoed the Met Office's warning that there could be more to come.

A third Status Yellow alert is in place for counties right along the west coast - Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick. The warning is valid until 9am, Thursday, January 18.

Meanwhile local forecasters Isle of Wight Met Service say that hail, sleet and perhaps even a little bit of snow will fall predominantly to the South and East sides of the Island.

"The southwesterly winds will also freshen through the day". Moderate to fresh southwest winds will become strong along coasts in the afternoon.

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Further snow is expected to fall on Thursday, and possibly on Friday too, but only in parts of the region. Top temperatures just 3 to 4 degrees Celsius.

The Met Office is warning of "frequent and heavy hail and snow showers". However, in the north rain will turn to sleet and snow leading to significant accumulations of snow. The strongest winds may then transfer to eastern parts of England by the morning.

"Temperatures rising during the evening as heavy rain and strong winds develop overnight with the passage of a winter storm across Ireland".

He said: "The length of time, the cold and the uncertainty of when it would start again was the worst part".

Rescuers were drafted in to assist on the M74 motorway in Scotland, where jackknifed lorries stopped traffic from flowing freely in both directions as temperatures plummeted to -4C (25F).

The day started off brightly in Bournemouth and sunny spells are likely to continue throughout the late morning and early afternoon, with highs of 7°C.