Snow and ice weather warning comes into force

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A status yellow snow-ice warning is in place for the entire country.

Accumulations of up to three centimetres are possible in parts while icy conditions are likely on the roads.

"Scattered showers will occur later on Thursday, Thursday night and into Friday".

The warning will remain in place until 4pm tomorrow.

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.

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Meanwhile, a wind warning has been issued for Donegal on Thursday.

Forecasters had earlier warned it will be "bitterly cold" for the rest of the week despite a mild day today.

In the same week that Met √Čireann has predicted snowfall and icy roads in some parts of the country, new research by Liberty Insurance suggests almost three in four Irish drivers (74%) do not feel confident when driving in poor weather conditions.

"When evening comes in, temperatures will drop and those showers will turn wintry in Donegal, north Mayo, Connemara, north Longford and north Midlands".

Train services in the north and west of the country have been cancelled, while Traffic Scotland is warning of potential disruptions on the road.

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