Ireland braces itself for Storm Dylan as rain, sleet, thunder and 120kph winds as 2017 goes out with a bang

Storm Alert
If you were hoping for a peaceful end to 2017 weather, you’ll be disappointed.
The closing days of the year are set to be a miserable, stormy washout of winds, thunder, sleet and rain.
And this morning, Met Eireann issued fresh weather warnings to pile on the misery – including an Orange alert for Storm Dylan, which is set to crash into us on Saturday night.
The forecaster said the wind warning applies to Connacht, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Longford, Louth, Westmeath and Meath.
Dylan will bring the severe gusts on Saturday night/early Sunday morning.
Its expected track is northeastwards through Donegal Bay and up along the north-Ulster coast. The biggest impact from the storm will be across Connacht and Ulster where mean winds will reach speeds of 60-80kph with gusts of up to 120kph.
The warning is valid from 9pm on Saturday to 6am on Sunday.
Forecasters have also issued a Status Yellow wind warning – which is less severe – for Munster, Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Wexford, Wicklow and Offaly.
Southwest winds from Storm Dylan will reach mean speeds of 50 to 65kph with gusts up to 100 kph on Saturday night/early Sunday morning.
The warning is valid for the same times as the Orange alert.
A third wind warning remains in place until 1pm on Friday for South Wexford, Galway, north Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick and south Waterford.
And it’s not only on land where people will have to keep a close eye on the weather.
A Status Yellow gale warning is in place for west to southwest winds reaching gale force this afternoon on Irish coastal waters from Erris Head to Belfast Lough to Carnsore Point and on the Irish Sea.
And a Yellow warning remains in place for small craft: south to southeast winds will reach force 6 for a time on coasts from Malin Head to Fair Head to Belfast Lough.
Back on land, heavy or thundery showers hit the west this morning, spreading eastwards with fresh to strong, gusty westerly winds. Highest temperatures of 5C to 8C.
Tonight will start off mainly dry with clear spells and frost developing in Leinster, Ulster and north Connacht.
Rain and sleet will spread northeastwards and will turn to snow for a time, mainly over the northern half of the country. It will clear overnight.
Following Storm Dylan, on Sunday winds will ease. It will be cool and breezy with sunshine and showers. Highest temperatures of 5C to 8C with moderate west to southwest breezes.
On Sunday night, ground frost will develop in places. New Year’s Day will bring a mix of sunshine and showers.
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