Snow alert swapped for 90mph gales warning

Coastal areas are expected to bear the brunt of the gales this evening and into tomorrow.
Coastal areas are expected to bear the brunt of the gales this evening and into tomorrow.

A new severe weather warning has been issued for counties Derry and Donegal, with gusts of up to 90 miles per hour expected to reach the north west this evening and overnight.

Following the heavy snow which has caused chaos across the region, severe winds are expected to make their presence felt along coastal regions, accompanied by driving rain.

Met Eireann in the south and the Met Office in the north have both issued warnings for the region.

Met Eireann this afternoon warned that exposed coastal and mountain areas of Donegal could be hit with gusts of 130 to 150km/hour (around 80-90 miles).

The Status Red warning will be in force from 9pm Wednesday to 12pm Thursday.

There is also a status Yellow Warning for the north west for rainfall.

The Met Office meanwhile has also issued a warning for Derry and the wider north west region, in force from 5pm on Wednesday right through to 8pm tomorrow night.

A spokesman warned of “very strong winds” from the west, which are expected from late Thursday morning right through into the evening, with gusts of 70 miles per hour or more in places.

“The public should be aware of the risk of disruption to transport and possibly to power supplies,” a spokesman said.

Meanwhile Derry City Council has issued an update on services affected by the snow.

All refuse collections are suspended for the duration of Wednesday due to the adverse weather conditions. Anyone with a bin due for collection today is asked to instead leave it out for collection on Saturday January 17th.

Three civic amenity sites have now been reopened at Pennyburn, Strathfoyle and Glendermott Road, and it is hoped that the Brandywell site will reopen later today.

All cemeteries are closed to the public except to facilitate funerals today, and all street cleansing services have been suspended for the duration of the day.