Offaly included in fresh snow and ice warning from Met Éireann

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Met Eireann has issued a Snow-Ice Warning for Ireland.

The warning comes into effect on Wednesday morning at 6am and is valid until 11pm on Wednesday night, which is only four hours before the status yellow wind warning issued earlier on Tuesday comes into effect.

Despite the mild conditions this morning, Met Éireann have warned that weather conditions are set to take a sharp turn on Thursday which will see freezing temperatures, as well as the risk of hail and thunder.

The forecast says: "Bitterly cold and windy, with clear spells and wintry showers of hail, sleet and snow, most frequent in Ulster, Connacht and in west Munster, but in other areas also".

There will be icy stretches too, and while north and northwest counties will be most at risk, areas of higher ground elsewhere are also at particular risk.

The UK Met Office has named the storm Caroline.

Temperatures are set to drop and it will be become bitterly cold over the next few days in the region.

Another warning is in place for Thursday from 3am until 8pm, as Storm Caroline hits Scotland, and will also generate strong and blustery winds over Ireland.