Met Éireann has issued an updated status yellow weather warning for Galway and seven other counties.
The weather chiefs issued the wind warning this morning, saying that westerly winds veering northwest will reach mean speeds of 55-60 km/h with gusts of up to 110 km/h at the coasts.
It came into effect at 11am and will stay in place until 23.59pm tonight.
The general forecast for Galway today is: Cold and blustery with frequent showers, some wintry with a risk of thunder and falling as snow on higher ground. The showers will merge into longer spells of rain at times. Highest temperatures of 5 to 6 degrees in strong and gusty west to northwest winds, reaching gale force along the coasts.
Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Cork, Kerry and Limerick are also included in the warning.
Meanwhile, a snow-ice warning remains in place for Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Louth and Leitrim.