Met Éireann issued a winter weather advisory across the country this week as an arctic air mass hits bringing sharp to severe freezes and icy stretches to roads.
There will be hail, sleet and snow showers here in the second half of the week. The notice is valid until Saturday, 11:30 a.m.
It will be fairly cloudy today with scattered showers continuing to flow in from the east.
The best dry and light periods will be in the west with highest temperatures between 5°C and 9°C in a light to moderate north-easterly breeze, fresh near the coast.
Tuesday will be mostly dry with sunny spells, but there will also be some showers, mainly near the east and south coasts where it will be cloudiest.
It will be cool with maximum temperatures between 4°C and 8°C with a light north wind.
The national weather forecaster said it will be very cold in the coming days with widespread freezing and icy stretches on the roads.
There will be plenty of dry weather but there will be intermittent wintry showers, particularly in the north and northwest.
It will be very cold overnight with widespread frost as temperatures drop to -3°C to 2°C.
It will be generally dry and clear, later becoming cloudier in the northwest with isolated showers and a light north wind blowing.
Wednesday will be cold with temperatures between 2°C and 5°C and a light north to north-west wind.
It will be dry and sunny in most places, but there will be scattered showers in the northern and western coastal areas.
Showers will become increasingly wintry later in the day and snow is likely on high ground.
At night it will be “bitter” cold with nationwide temperatures below 0°C and in places as low as -3°C or -4°C.
Severe to severe frost and ice are widespread on untreated surfaces. Overnight showers will move south across the country, falling as sleet or snow in some areas.
Thursday will be very cold with temperatures in the low single digits. A mix of sunny spells and well scattered sleet, snow and hail showers.
The showers will mainly be limited to the coastal parts in the north-west, north and east during the day. The wind will be light and coming from the north.
It will be another bitterly cold night with widespread sharp to severe freezes and frigid intervals.
Minimum temperatures are between -4°C and -2°C with light north to north-west winds. Most areas will be dry and clear, but intermittent wintry showers may occur near the coast.
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