Storm Fionn to batter the country in coming hours

A man signals as waves crash against the shore at Portstewart in northern Ireland REUTERS  Cathal McNaughton

A status orange wind warning for Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork and Kerry is in effect until 3am on Wednesday morning.

The warnings remain valid until the early hours of Wednesday morning, and driving conditions are set to be treacherous in most areas later on Wednesday morning.

Most of Britain will be unscathed by the storm, but severe weather warnings for snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures are in place across England, Wales and Scotland until midnight on Friday.

The Atlantic coastal countries can expect winds of up to 80km/h and gusts up to 120km/h.

Meanwhile, it's very cold in most places today with wintry showers and strong winds.

Meanwhile, showers are expected to carry on into Tuesday night with the north of the United Kingdom expected to suffer more wintry showers on Wednesday.

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Met Éireann has also issued an alert for very high seas along the Atlantic seaboard over the next few days, which may lead to coastal flooding.

Lowest temperatures of 0 degrees are expected.

Accumulations of snow are likely across Ulster of the country and mainly over higher ground elsewhere.

There is also a warning for freezing temperatures, snow and ice, leading to risky road conditions in the coming days.

Storm Fionn is on the way.

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