Weather warning in place as snow arrives and temperatures plummet to -2C
A very cold day lies ahead with snow showers and ice on the way, weather forecasters have warned.
A status yellow weather warning has been issued nationwide until 11am on Tuesday, after it was originally anticipated to last until 7pm.
Many parts of the country are reporting snowfall as they wake up this morning.
According to Met Éireann, icy and slippery conditions are expected due to "accumulation of ice and snow on untreated surfaces".
"Scattered sleet and snow showers most frequent across Ulster and Connacht will occur but some showers penetrating into central and eastern areas at times with the odd flurry further south," a Met Éireann spokesperson said.
Snow accumulations of between 1 and 2cm are expected in some areas, but the winter showers will become confined to northern areas by late this evening.
Temperatures will reach between -2C and 1C degrees tonight, and it will be very cold in Leinster and Ulster.
"Showers will be of rain, hail, sleet and snow and snow showers most frequent in parts of the west and north of the country," the national forecaster said.
Wednesday will be mainly dry in Ulster and Leinster, with bright spells and just a few scattered showers, mainly in north and northwest coastal areas, a few of them wintry in the northeast.
Early forecasts for the rest of the week signal more frost and ice patches, with warmer days on the way Thursday into Friday, before turning colder again.
"Current indications suggest it will becoming colder again this coming weekend, but still some uncertainty as to the exact detail as of yet."