Blast of snow and ice causes chaos on the roads
Snow, hail and ice caused chaos for commuters as forecasters extended a severe weather warning until midday today.
The snow showers affected mainly higher areas, but did lead to a number of minor road collisions across the eight worst-affected counties.
Showers were heavy but frequent and were carried down over Ireland on a cold Arctic wind. The town of Ardara, Co Donegal, came to a standstill after a thunderous hail shower covered the main street within minutes.
Similar hail showers caused problems for motorists in Letterkenny, with a number of vehicles sliding off the road.
South Donegal, Sligo, Mayo and Leitrim saw the worst of the wintry showers, with snow falling on roads already frozen over from the night before.
Gardaí issued warnings to motorists throughout the country. Higher areas in Kerry, Cork, Limerick and Tipperary were affected by early morning black ice yesterday, and there will be similar conditions across most of the country today.
Black ice was again a problem throughout Cork city and county.
Gardaí confirmed they dealt with a significant number of collisions. In Rathcormac, north Cork, a car spun on ice and ploughed down a six-foot embankment. No-one was injured in the incident at Dr Barry's Bridge.
Forecasters say the cold spell will continue until Sunday, before milder conditions return next week.
Temperatures tonight are set to fall to as low as -7C with coldest conditions in the east of the country.