Weather warning: Arctic snap expected to last for the next 48 hours

It reads: "On Saturday afternoon and evening southwest to west winds will reach mean speeds of between 55 and 65 km/h with gusts up to 110 km/h possible".

The wind alert for Munster, Leinster and Galway is valid from 3pm to 8pm tomorrow.

The Siberian spell of weather came as Met √Čireann issued a weather warning for the entire country until 12 noon today.

Motorists have been advised to watch out for slippery roads due to an accumulation of frost and ice overnight, as temperatures are set to drop to -2 degrees.

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Tomorrow will be a colder and brighter day for many with spells of sunshine. Snow on higher ground and also to lower levels as heavier showers pass by. Temperatures in the north will be 8C at their highest, with the south-west enjoying slightly higher temperatures of 12C.

On its website, the Met Office says: "Icy patches are expected to form in places on untreated surfaces on Sunday morning".

Rain will develop in the west and will spread eastwards to all areas overnight.

'Most of us will see snow and rain, and there's going to be a lot of wind. Frost and icy patches will develop also.

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"Elsewhere a frost, but, sunny skies, and already we will start to see further wintery showers pushing into the west".

Showers and blustery weather is forecast for the north-west, where the highest temperatures us expected to be around 5C, with the south-west's at about 7C.

Met office forecasters told Brits to brace for travel chaos, with icy roads and strong winds set to bring traffic to a standstill in places.

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