Ireland is set to be hit by snow in the coming days, forecasters have warned after temperatures are expected to drop to -4C later this week.
Met Eireann predicted that snow is likely to fall over the hills and mountains in the north and west of the country tomorrow evening, which may occasionally fall on lower ground.
And the forecaster warned of “widespread frost” and “ice patches” ahead on Thursday as the weather takes an extremely cold turn.
Tuesday will be mostly cloudy with some rain and drizzle particularly over southern Connacht, northern Munster and northern Leinster with highs ranging from 7 to 12 degrees. It will drop to 1-3 degrees overnight with possible “freezes” and “ice patches”.
Light to moderate southwest to west winds will develop overnight and become strong and gusty winds along the northern and western coasts.
Wednesday will be sunny with high temperatures of 5 to 8 degrees. Scattered showers along the Connacht and Ulster coasts will change to sleet and possibly snow in the Ulster Highlands with more snow falling overnight.
Met Eireann said: “Wednesday night will be cold and freezing under clear skies, mostly dry except for scattered showers along the north and west coasts, again falling as sleet and snow on the hills and mountains and sometimes to lower levels. temperatures of minus 1 to plus 3 degrees in cool southwesterly winds.”
Temperatures will drop below freezing (-2 to -4C) on Thursday evening, leading to “widespread frost” and “ice patches” as more snow is expected to fall on higher ground.
The forecaster said: “Further showers scattered across the west and north coasts on Thursday with mostly dry sunny weather elsewhere, the showers will become more widespread throughout the afternoon continuing to fall as sleet and of snow on higher ground Highest temps 5-7 degrees and feeling even colder in generally moderate west to northwest winds.
“Clear skies Thursday evening as showers become isolated and mostly confined to northern shores. Lowest temperatures minus 2 to minus 4 degrees with widespread freezing and some ice patches developing in light northwesterly or variable breezes .”
On Friday there will be daytime highs of 5-7 degrees and rain will move east overnight with strong southerly winds and may fall as sleet and snow.