A second status yellow weather warning has been issued for four counties

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

Met Éireann have issued a 24-hour status yellow snow and ice warning for the entire country.

Accumulations of snow of up to 3cm could fall in places on Thursday and Friday, forecasters have warned north and northwest counties will be "most at risk".

Meanwhile, a separate wind warning is in place for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare and Kerry as Storm Caroline approaches Scotland, with the passing storm expected to bring "strong and blustery winds" to western counties here in Ireland as well.

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The warning applies to Donegal, Galway, Mayo and Kerry, where southerly winds of 50 to 65 km/h are expected, with gusts of 90 to 110km/h along coastal areas on Wednesday.

The storm, which the UK Met Office have named Caroline, is forecast to pass close to the north coast of Scotland on Thursday morning.

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

"When we see weather conditions worsen we also tend to see people who would normally cycle, walk or use public transport opt to use a vehicle if they have access to one".

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