SNOW blanketed the highlands as Kerry was gripped by the coldest temperatures ever recorded in March in decades.
Recent memories of severe winters were rekindled for people in most areas with bitter temperatures and heavy frost carpeting the land on Tuesday morning after the coldest March night in many years.
The mercury plummeted to as low as minus 5 degrees Celsius in parts of the county during Monday night/Tuesday morning. This plummeting of the temperature led to some dramatic scenes in many areas, not least in Asdee where trees over a burst water mains took on a very icy appearance indeed as seen in the above photograph.
Don Nolan of Liscahane Nurseries outside Ardfert recorded minus 5 degrees on Monday night. "It was coldest March night we ever recorded in over 30 years'. This would be a very cold temperature for mid-winter but to get it in March is very unusual." It was also colder than any March night during the freeze-up of 2010/ 2011.
Conditions were somewhat less severe in south Kerry's main weather station at Cahersiveen. The Valentia Observatory recorded a low of minus 2 degrees in this present cold snap on Monday night, an official for Met Éireann told The Kerryman.
Temperatures would have been even colder on the inland hills and mountains of the county during the period, however.
Kerry is advised to brace for more of the same in the coming days, with some predicting the coldest St Patrick's Day in many years.