Snow is set to return to Ireland over the course of the weekend.
However, it will be mostly cloudy in Leinster and Ulster with patchy rain or drizzle today (Friday, January 29th), according to Met Éireann.
Heavy rain will develop in the south-west and spread north-eastwards, with highs of 4 to 7 degrees and higher values of 8 to 11 degrees elsewhere.
It will be windy tonight with persistent or heavy rain to move northwards over much of the country, reaching south Ulster by dawn. Temperatures will drop to 4 to 7 degrees with lower values between 0 to 3 degrees in Ulster.
It will be cold and windy tomorrow; however, rain will continue elsewhere, falling as sleet or snow at times, especially in Leinster.
Wintry showers will gradually clear southwards through the afternoon and early evening with highs of 3 to 6 degrees.
A sharp frost will develop tomorrow night as temperatures are set to fall between -1 to +2 degrees. Rain and sleet will develop in the west overnight.
According to Met Éireann, rain and sleet will spread eastwards across the country, falling as snow in places, especially over the north.
Rain and sleet will continue for the rest of the day and throughout Sunday night with snow possible in Ulster.
Temperatures will be in the region of 1 to 4 degrees for most areas with highs of 6 to 7 degrees in Munster. Again, Ulster will experience lower values of between 0 to 6 degrees.
Looking ahead to early next week, it will be rather cold with further falls of rain and sleet, according to the national forecaster. It has warned that snow is possible in northern areas.
A band of rain is set to spread north-eastwards throughout the evening and night and will clear overnight with showers to follow. Temperatures will dip between 3 to 7 degrees.
Remainder of week
Tuesday will be mild and breezy with showers or longer spells of rain and highs of 8 to 10 degrees.
Unsettled conditions with continue on Wednesday and Thursday with further showers or longer spells of rain and highest temperatures of 7 to 9 degrees.