Met Éireann has issued a low temperature/ice warning for 10 counties as temperatures are set to drop to -5 tonight.
The alert is valid for Mayo, Galway, Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Cavan, Monaghan, Donegal, Longford, and Clare.
The weather warning will come into effect at 6pm this evening (Tuesday, January 5th) and will remain in place until 10am tomorrow.
“Very cold tonight with temperatures falling to between -2 and -5 degrees, possibly colder locally, with a widespread severe frost.” Met Éireann warned.
“Icy patches may form on untreated surfaces. Freezing temperatures will persist well into the day on Wednesday.”
Scattered wintry showers of rain, hail, sleet and snow will continue through the afternoon and evening.
It will very cold tonight with widespread severe frost and ice, according to Met Éireann. Dry and cclear spells are expected in many areas, although wintry showers will impact eastern and south-eastern counties.
It will be coldest in Connacht where temperatures are set to drop to as low as -5 degrees. Some freeze fog patches may form in light northerly or variable breezes.
Frost, ice, and freezing fog patches will linger in parts throughout the day tomorrow, according to the national forecaster.
Scattered wintry showers are expected in east Leinster, with drier conditions elsewhere.
Cloud will increase from the northwest during the afternoon, ahead of evening rain developing in Connacht and west Ulster. Temperatures will remain below or near zero in parts of the west and the midlands, with higher values elsewhere.
Wednesday night will see outbreaks of rain in the west and northwest will edge southeastwards over the country. These showers will turn to sleet and snow in places, with lows of -3 to +2 degrees.
Met Éireann predicts that it will be mostly cloudy to begin on Thursday with a “decaying” band of rain, sleet and snow continuing to push southeastwards of the country.
Brighter and sunny spells will gradually extend to all areas, with daytime highs of 2 to 4 degrees.
It will be largely dry and clear on Thursday night with some wintry showers near Connacht, Ulster, and Leinster coasts. Temperatures will drop between -2 to +1 degrees with widespread frost and icy patches.
It will be dry in many areas on Friday with sunny spells and wintry showers. Temperatures will reach 2 to 5 degrees before dropping between -1 to -4 degrees. A widespread severe frost and ice patches will form, according to the national forecaster.