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It's as cold as ice: snow showers and thunderstorms to hit parts of country today

Snow showers, thunderstorms and sleet are expected to fall in locations across the country today.

Met Eireann have put a Status Orange weather warning in place across the country.

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Snow in Cavan Credit: Maureen Tully

Snow in Cavan Credit: Maureen Tully

Leo and his Daddy in Longford Credit: Lorna McGoey

Leo and his Daddy in Longford Credit: Lorna McGoey

Snow falling in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon. Photo: Emmett Corcoran/ ‏@EmmettTCorcoran.

Snow falling in Strokestown, Co. Roscommon. Photo: Emmett Corcoran/ ‏@EmmettTCorcoran.

Snow on the Meath/Westmeath border. Photo: Claire Edwards/ @pontecake

Snow on the Meath/Westmeath border. Photo: Claire Edwards/ @pontecake

Snow in a Dublin garden. Photo: Jennifer McShane/ @Jenny_McShane

Snow in a Dublin garden. Photo: Jennifer McShane/ @Jenny_McShane

Photo: @marnicol/ Twitter. Tweet your weather photos to us with #IndoSubmit or email contact@independent.ie.

Photo: @marnicol/ Twitter. Tweet your weather photos to us with #IndoSubmit or email contact@independent.ie.

Leo playing with snow in Longford Credit: Lorna McGoey

Leo playing with snow in Longford Credit: Lorna McGoey

Buddy and Princess playing in the snow in Co Meath today Credit: Emma Rowley

Buddy and Princess playing in the snow in Co Meath today Credit: Emma Rowley

Snow in Tramore Credit: Katie McCusker

Snow in Tramore Credit: Katie McCusker

Snow in Tramore Credit: Katie McCusker

Snow in Tramore Credit: Katie McCusker

Snow in Longford Credit: Vanessa Davis

Snow in Longford Credit: Vanessa Davis

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Snow in Cavan Credit: Maureen Tully

Weather forecasters are warning that snow showers will be heaviest and most frequent in northern and western areas - this is expected to turn to sleet later in the afternoon, with any snow confined to high ground.

Top temperatures during the day will range between four and seven degrees - but it will feel colder due to strong southwest to west winds.

There will be more showers this evening - and more prolonged ones in the northern part of the country.

Temperatures will dip to lows of minus one degrees tonight.

Frost and icy patches are expected overnight.

Tomorrow the outlook is slightly better with temperatures expected to rise to eight degrees.

More rain is expected for the rest of the week.

However, Friday is looking well with temperatures expecting to hit 12 degrees with sunny spells forecast.

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Snow in Donegal Credit: Aoife Flanagan

Snow in Donegal Credit: Aoife Flanagan

Snow in Lettermacaward Co. Donegal Credit: Ann-Katrin Theiss

Snow in Lettermacaward Co. Donegal Credit: Ann-Katrin Theiss

Car overturned in Leitrim Credit: An Garda Siochana/Twitter

Car overturned in Leitrim Credit: An Garda Siochana/Twitter

Snow in Donegal Credit: Aoife Flanagan

Snow in Donegal Credit: Aoife Flanagan

Snow in Longford Credit: Pat Murphy/Twitter

Snow in Longford Credit: Pat Murphy/Twitter

Leo playing with snow in Longford Credit: Lorna McGoey

Leo playing with snow in Longford Credit: Lorna McGoey

Snow in Ratoath Credit: Eoghan Conmey/Twitter

Snow in Ratoath Credit: Eoghan Conmey/Twitter

Milly playing in the snow in Cobh with Soz the dog Credit: Carmel O'Regan

Milly playing in the snow in Cobh with Soz the dog Credit: Carmel O'Regan

Snow in Ratoath Credit: Eoghan Conmey/Twitter

Snow in Ratoath Credit: Eoghan Conmey/Twitter

Leo and his Daddy in Longford Credit: Lorna McGoey

Leo and his Daddy in Longford Credit: Lorna McGoey

Buddy and Princess playing in the snow in Co Meath today Credit: Emma Rowley

Buddy and Princess playing in the snow in Co Meath today Credit: Emma Rowley

Snow in Longford Credit: Vanessa Davis

Snow in Longford Credit: Vanessa Davis

Snow in Tramore Credit: Katie McCusker

Snow in Tramore Credit: Katie McCusker

Snow in Cavan Credit: Maureen Tully

Snow in Cavan Credit: Maureen Tully

Snow in Tramore Credit: Katie McCusker

Snow in Tramore Credit: Katie McCusker

Snow in Longford Credit: Vanessa Davis

Snow in Longford Credit: Vanessa Davis

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Snow in Donegal Credit: Aoife Flanagan

Temperatures will dip again on Sunday but it will be largely dry, Met Eireann say.

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