The Met office has issued a weather warning for strong winds throughout the province on Wednesday evening and overnight.
Storm force winds moving in from the Atlantic are expected to clip parts of Northern Ireland.
Gusts of up to 80mph are expected to batter Co Antrim and Co Londonderry.
Met office forecasters say the forecast gives “severe gale force winds will affect the west and central part of Northern Ireland”.
“A swathe of storm force winds will progress northwards with time, perhaps clipping the far north of Northern Ireland before moving north to affect the western Isles and skirting western and northwestern fringes of mainland Scotland.”
They add that heavy rain is also expected.
“The rain and the strongest winds will clear early on Thursday, giving way to blustery and wintry showers,” said the forecasters.