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Irish weather: Ireland could be walloped by 'thundersnow' as Storm Caroline brings icy winter conditions

Ireland could be battered by "thundersnow" when Storm Caroline arrives tomorrow.

The Arctic air will see temperatures plummet across the nation from Thursday.

Met Eireann have issued a yellow weather warning, calling on people to be prepared for the wintry weather.

They even say that there's a chance Ireland could be walloped with "thundersnow".

The rare phenomenon occurs when thunderstorms - which are much more common in summer months - form in wintry conditions.

If the weather is cold, the rain associated with a thunderstorm can then fall as snow and therefore is called "thundersnow".

Weather chiefs say there is a possibility that some of Ireland's snow showers could be accompanied by thunder.

A forecaster explained: "On Thursday, some of the showers will be heavy, with a risk of thunder. The showers will turn increasingly wintry later in the afternoon and evening, with snow accumulations possible.

"Thursday night will be 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.

"Overnight there will also be a risk of thunder in Atlantic coastal areas, especially in the north and northwest. Minimum temperatures -2C to 2C, with frost and icy stretches."

The national forecaster have issued three weather warnings for the next few days.

A wind warning is currently in place for counties Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Kerry.

Winds of up to 65km/h are forecast with gusts of 110km/h up until 11pm.

A second wind warning comes into force at 3am tonight through until 8pm on Thursday.

Counties Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare a nd Kerry will be battered by winds of up to 65km/h and gusts of up to 110km/h.

A nationwide snow-ice warning is in place from 4pm on Thursday through to 4pm on Friday.

Talking about what is to come, a forecaster said: "Scattered snow showers will occur later Thursday, Thursday night and into Friday.

"Slight to moderate accumulations are possible with up to 3cm in parts. Icy stretches too.

"North and northwest counties will be most at risk, as well as higher ground elsewhere."

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