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Rain, Snow, and Storm Christoph: Ireland on alert

DUBLIN: Met Eireann has issued a warning that there is a possibility of heavy rain and flooding in the next 24 hours.

The warning said that the current climate change could have unintended consequences as strong winds are likely.

County Wicklow has also been issued a yellow snow and ice warning from 10 am today until 7 pm tomorrow.

Met Eireann urged motorists and pedestrians to be vigilant as bad weather is likely to continue across the country from midnight today to Sunday night.

Spot flooding and flash floods are expected in mountainous areas across the west and midlands as Ireland escapes the worst of Atlantic storms.

Today it will continue to rain in the east and south, including Dublin. The south-eastern coast will also receive heavy rainfall at times. “The western half of the country will become bright with scattered wintry showers of rain or sleet,” Met Éireann said. Snow can be expected till night. The temperature is likely to reach minus 3C.

The weekend will be clear but isolated showers can be expected. The cold is likely to continue.

Ireland has escaped the worst of the Atlantic storm. However, some parts of the UK received up to 200 millimeters of rain. Extreme levels of flood danger were announced in the mountainous areas of the West and the Midlands.

Yellow alerts were issued in Connacht, Longford, Louth, Westmeath, Meath, Cavan and Monaghan. Linda Hughes of Met Éireann had warned of up to 50 millimeters of rain in some low-lying areas. It rained heavily yesterday in the mountains of Ireland.

The Gardaí and the Road Safety Authority (RSA) have asked motorists to drive with caution in view of the possibility of floods, rains and poor visibility on the road. Pedestrians are urged to be extra careful on waterways and also in other areas, as there is heavy water in streams, rivers and lakes.

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