Many people in Ireland will wake up to a covering of snow on Sunday morning, forecasters say.
Very cold weather conditions are expected from today and through the weekend.
Some areas such as Carlow and Kilkenny have already seen some snowfall this morning.
A Met Éireann weather advisory is in place until midnight on Sunday due to the wintry weather, with forecasters saying there will be “frost and icy conditions, with falls of sleet or snow at times”.
Cold this morning with frost & icy patches. Showery rain over Munster & south Leinster falling as sleet or snow in places for a time this morning. Scattered showers elsewhere, most frequent in the north & west, falling as sleet & snow in places. Highs of 3 to 5°C. 🥶 🌨️ ⛄️ pic.twitter.com/F2d9X7Sv6w
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) January 22, 2021
On Saturday night, a band of sleet and snow is due to move across the country from the west, with accumulations of snow in many areas.
Alan O’Reilly of Carlow Weather told Newstalk Breakfast the ‘quick and short’ cold snap will make for some tricky conditions.
He said: “[It will be] down to -4 degrees tonight - a very cold night, and a cold day today as well. There’s actually some snow falling in parts of Carlow, with some scattered showers.
“A very cold day again ahead tomorrow, then a band of sleet and snow crossing the country tomorrow night - with many people waking to a nice covering of light snow possibly on Sunday.
“It will just be a dusting in some areas, but certainly snow covering for many on Sunday morning with another bitterly cold day ahead.”
Mr O’Reilly said conditions will turn frosty following the snowfall, with slippery conditions.
Monday is expected to be cold as well, but slightly warmer temperatures are set to return from Tuesday after a very cold weekend.