Updated: 12/01/18 : 10:18:11
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Sligo gets Yellow Weather Warning from 3pm today

A status yellow weather warning has been issued by Met Eireann as Ireland prepares for a wet and windy weekend

The national forecaster says up to 50mm of rain could fall in parts tonight and tomorrow, leading to spot flooding and dangerous driving conditions.

The status yellow alert affects nine counties - all of Munster, as well as counties Galway, Mayo and Sligo.

It comes into force at 3pm and remains in place for 24 hours, until 3pm on Saturday.

Warning what is to come, Met Eireann said: "Heavy rainfall is expected later Friday, overnight and into early Saturday with falls of 30 to 50mm expected."

Talking about today's overall weather, a forecaster said: "Frost this morning will gradually clear as winds begin to freshen. It'll become windy through the day, with strong and gusty southeasterly winds developing.

"Mainly dry at first with variable cloud cover across Ireland - brightest skies likely further east. Rain and drizzle will however move into west and southwest coastal areas later this morning, turning heavier this afternoon and extending into remaining parts of Munster and Connacht. Spot flooding is likely.