Warning of icy roads as country braces for weekend freeze
Met Éireann has forecast a sharp drop in temperatures tonight as the cold snap is set to plummet below zero to -3C in some parts of Ireland.
Wrap up warm on Thursday night as this evening and early tonight persistent rain in the east will spread northwestwards and turn to sleet on higher ground.
There is an ongoing risk of hail and thunder. Later in the night, the rain will turn more showery. There will be good clear spells over Munster and later over Leinster and lowest temperatures fall to around -3 to -1 degrees with a widespread sharp frost and icy stretches.
Winds fall light with mist and fog patches developing there. However, over Connacht and Ulster lowest temperatures will be zero to +3 degrees with grass frost in moderate to fresh easterly breezes.
On Friday frost will clear the southwest in the morning. There will be scattered outbreaks of rain over the northern half of country at first but a band of rain will soon push into the east and spread northwestwards across the country with the southwest staying mostly dry. Top temperatures will be 7 to 11 degrees in freshening easterly winds.