Snowfall as country prepares itself for Storm Darwin tomorrow
Motorists warned of icy stretches on roads tonight and tomorrow morning
Motorists are being warned of icy stretches on the roads tonight and tomorrow morning following wintry showers and snowfall across the country this evening.
A number of road accidents have been reported around the country as a result of the weather today.
Motorists have had to abandon their cars in parts of Donegal this evening due to the icy conditions of the roads. There will be 23 gritters in operation in the county overnight to ensure the roads are safe in the morning.
Met Eireann have forecasted blustery and wintry showers for the evening ahead with snow at times.
Overnight showers are expected to be confined to the west coast, but lows of -1 to 2 degrees will be felt nationwide.
The snow is not expected to continue tomorrow, but instead Storm Darwin will hit the country.
The storm is expected to hit Cork and Kerry tonight and will travel north-east across the country.
Met Eireann have issued an orange warning in the southern counties this evening.
Earlier today, residents of counties Limerick, Clare and Galway experienced their first spell of snow since the chilly festive weather.
Temperatures dipped to below zero degrees early this morning and householders were warned to brace themselves for freezing temperatures over the coming days.
Marie Walsh from Limerick snapped a picture of Thomond Park being swallowed into the background by showering heavy snow.
‘‘Disappearing in snow,’’ she tweeted along with the picture illustrating the extent of the snow fall in Limerick.
Katie Quigley from Tuam in Co. Galway took a creative shot of a horse standing in a field covered in a sheet of snow.
Rachael Tobin in Limerick took a picture showing snow drops falling into her front garden and jokingly tweeted ‘‘Go home snow you’re drunk.’’
The cold conditions are expected to clear by tomorrow - only to be replaced by further strong winds and heavy rain.
Storm Darwin will strike the southern parts of Ireland from early tomorrow morning amid forecasts its winds could gust as high as 140kph.
Experts said that while it was hoped the storm would glance off south-western areas, it has the potential to be one of the most damaging storms of the year so far.
Temperatures will plunge tomorrow night to -1 to 2 degrees with a sharp frost and some icy patches.
By Aishling Phelan and Denise Calnan