Storm Fionn is about to hit Ireland and the UK

Met Eireann: Sub-zero polar showers and 120km/h winds as Storm Fionn approaches Ireland

The storm is expected to turn into a weather bomb as it passes over Britain tonight with the strongest winds in the south and blizzards in the north.

In Northern Ireland, an amber snowfall warning was issued, and the Department of Infrastructure released a warning to all road-users to exercise caution travelling.

An Orange weather warning, the second highest, is now in place for counties Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, and Kerry.

"During Wednesday night and into Thursday, there is the potential for gusts of 60-70mph quite widely, and a small chance of winds reaching 80mph in places", the Met Office's chief forecaster said.

The continent's northwest is already facing an onslaught from brisk winds and squally showers, with thunder snow likely across the British Isles on Tuesday.

This amount of snow could cause vehicles and passengers to become stranded, and cut off some rural communities.

The yellow warning for high seas remains in place until Thursday.

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But there will be little let-up from the bad weather for the United Kingdom, with strong winds and single-figure temperatures made to feel even chillier by the continuing wind chill.

The snow looks set to fade on Friday night with clearer and brighter conditions expected on Saturday and Sunday.

Large waves are expected to hit some coastlines as a result of the storm - the sixth named storm of the season.

As the low pressure sweeps south eastwards across the United Kingdom towards France, brutal winds as strong as 70mph are forecast to buffet the nation.

Temperatures are expected to drop to -1 degree overnight. "3-8 cm of fresh snow is likely to accumulate widely with up to 20 cm over high ground".

The latest Storm Fionn, named by Met Eireann, brought wind gusts of 70mph to Ireland during the early hours of Wednesday.

"Consideration will also be given to rain and snow events".

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