More from STORM ERIK overnight and for Saturday morning, clearing east.

More from STORM ERIK overnight and for Saturday morning, clearing east.

Parts of the country could also experience hail and thunder.

When these showers fall onto sub-zero surfaces they will maintain the icy stretches into Monday morning.

Coastal areas in Galway, Mayo and Donegal are at risk of flooding, with gusts of 130km/h expected as Storm Erik hits Ireland today.

'It's going to be another very windy one, particularly across northern England, Northern Ireland, southern Scotland and northern Wales.

Forecasters have said there are expected to be showers in the south today following the downpour overnight, but as the day moves on the rain will be replaced by sunny spells.

There will also be further wintry showers across the Northern Isles and into the far north of Scotland.

Winds of up to 50-60mph caused traffic disruption in many areas, with the Foyle Bridge in Derry closed to high-sided vehicles yesterday morning and the Rathlin ferry cancelled.

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On Sunday night, a yellow weather warning for snow will come into force in Scotland as bitter northerly winds send temperatures tumbling and bringing snow furries to parts.

"Strong and gusty southwesterly winds will gradually abate".

The storm was dubbed Storm Erik by the Irish weather service Met Éireann where it caused winds of approaching 100mph.

In Wales a falling tree collided with a van, killing the driver.

A separate yellow weather warning for heavy rain was issued for northern Scotland on Saturday.

A weather warning for wind on Saturday has been extended to cover most of the United Kingdom, while in Scotland heavy rain is expected into the afternoon, with a risk of flooding in some parts, the Met Office said.

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