Donegal is like a winter wonderland in many places this morning after a blanket of snow fell overnight.

Met Eireann has issued an orange weather alert - and more snow is forecast.

Motorists are being advised to drive with care and conditions on some minor road are very difficult.

Up to 8cm is forecast to fall on high ground in the coming 24 hours.

It will be bitterly cold today with widespread wintry showers of hail, sleet and snow.

Some of the showers will be thundery with accumulation of snow in places, especially on high ground. Some dry sunny spells also. Highs of just 1 to 4 Celsius in moderate to fresh and gusty southwest winds.

Met Eireann says that winds will be strong at times near exposed coasts. There will be some icy patches also.

It will be very cold tonight with wintry showers. Again there will be some will be thundery with further accumulations of snow in places. The showers will become more isolated towards dawn. Lows of 1 to -2 Celsius with frost and icy patches. It will become windy for time later tonight as moderate to fresh and gusty southwest winds increase strong with gales near the west coast.

The Donegal Senior B gaelic football final between Colaiste Ailigh and Ballinamore VS due to be played today has been called off.

Anyone intending to travel to a function is advised to check that it is still going ahead.

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