Updated: 11/01/17 : 05:49:44
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Sligo on official weather alert for coming days

SLIGO WILL be directly hit by adverse weather -- including ice, wind and snow -- over the next 72 hours.

Strong winds, both on the coast and inland, already kicked in during the night.

Temperatures in Sligo are expected to plummet to single figures later today. 

These temperatures are predicted by Met Eireann to drop even further tomorrow, Thursday.

Snow is expected on high land and also some on lower ground, says the Met forecast.

Dry Weather

The region has experienced one of its mildest winters on record, with weeks of dry weather daily in the run-up to Christmas.

This time last year the region had been battered by a series of storms and serious flood incidents.

However, Met Eireann has issued a Yellow Wind Warning for Sligo, Mayo, Leitrim and Donegal up to 10pm tonight, Wednesday.

Says Met Eireann last night: ''West to northwest winds will increase tonight, with means of 55 to 65 km/h expected.''

Met warned of gusts of ''between 90 and 110 km/h. Winds will be strongest in exposed coastal and hilly areas.''

Heaviest Snow

Meanwhile, the whole country has been a Yellow Weather Advisory Warning up to midday on Saturday next.

Says Met: ''Very cold wintry weather will develop from Wednesday night onwards. 

''Showers will turn wintry in many places, from Wednesday evening to Saturday, with falls of sleet and snow expected. 

''The heaviest of the snow fall is most likely over Ulster, Connacht, north Leinster and west Munster and especially so on high ground,'' says Met.

Yellow is the lowest grade of weather warning in Ireland -- behind Orange and Red.

Met says yellow warnings ''are for weather conditions that do not pose an immediate threat to the general population.''

Those affected by yellow warnings are those ''exposed to risk by nature of their location and/or activity,'' explains Met.

Finally, snow and sub-zero temperatures hit Eastern Europe and North America plus Canada in the past week.