Video: Cold snap to blanket country in snow
SEVERAL centimetres of snow are expected to fall in higher parts of eastern counties in the coming days, as the icy chill looks set to continue until next weekend.
Night-time temperatures will plummet to a low of -5C and motorists have been warned to take extra care.
Today and tomorrow will see temperatures of between four and eight degrees, but from Wednesday onwards it will turn decidedly colder, with day-time values of just two to five degrees. And by night, it will tumble to as low as minus five degrees.
Met Eireann is forecasting wintry showers for coastal counties of Leinster, with a likelihood of snow on higher ground.
Forecaster Joanna Donnelly said there was a possibility of sleety showers for many parts of the country tomorrow.
"It will be staying very cold, it's a cold regime for the rest of the week. Values will be a little below average for this time of year, around two to five degrees. At night time that will be down to minus four on Tuesday and on Wednesday night it will be even colder at minus five," she added.
However, Ireland will escape the weather due to hit Britain over the next few days, where a severe weather warning has been issued.
Several centimetres of snow are due to blanket large swathes of the country, with temperatures at or just above zero. Met Eireann is forecasting a slight rise in temperatures across Ireland next weekend, with outbreaks of rain for most places.