Wintry weekend is approaching as meteorologists warn of freezing fog and icy roads

Forecasters have warned freezing conditions will persist for the next few days after parts of Ireland were blanketed in snow.

Status Yellow Ice Warning applies to all counties on the island except Armagh and Fermanagh.

The Republic of Ireland’s ice warning remains in effect until midday on Saturday, as does an ice fog warning which could create potentially dangerous driving conditions.

A snow and ice warning is in effect in Co Donegal until midday on Saturday.

The Met Office ice warning for counties Antrim, Down, Tyrone and Londonderry will extend into Sunday noon.

It indicates that the frigid conditions will cause disruption due to icy patches on trails and roads.

Temperatures fell well below zero overnight across much of the island, with mercury falling as low as minus 6.9C in some parts of Ireland.

Heavy snow fell in Dublin and several other areas on Thursday, and wintry showers fell in the north-west coastal counties of Donegal, Sligo and Mayo on Friday.

Met Eireann said the cold weather is likely to continue into the weekend and possibly the first half of next week in what is Ireland’s first cold snap in three years.

The traffic safety authority warns road users to be aware of the dangers of a drop in temperature and to pay attention to black ice.

In particular, concerns have been raised about the well-being of older people living alone and for those who sleep poorly.

The Irish government said an energy supply warning could be issued in the next two weeks but moved to reassure households that blackouts were unlikely.

The warning is due to a drop in temperature leading to an increase in energy demand, while low wind speeds are expected to result in reduced energy supply.

In Northern Ireland, cold weather payments were made to parts of Northern Ireland for the first time this year.

Payments of £25 are automatically issued to certain regions when the average temperature is forecast to be 0°C or below for seven days in a row.

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