Snow warnings to be lifted but icy weather will continue
SNOW warnings for parts of the country are expected to be lifted today but the severe cold snap is forecast to continue for the next couple of days.
Met Eireann issued a yellow "be aware" alert warning for snow and ice for parts of Munster, Connacht, Leinster, Cavan and Monaghan.
But that warning is expected to be lifted today and although it will remain "unseasonably cold" tomorrow and Good Friday, there is some hope of a slight rise in temperatures over the weekend.
Top temperatures over the holiday weekend will be in the range of 5 to 8C and while that is some improvement it is still well below normal for the time of year.
Despite plunging temperatures and regular snow flurries throughout the day, most of the country escaped relatively unscathed with only the Sally Gap and Wicklow Gap in Co Wicklow reported impassable.
The south enjoyed a respite from the harsh conditions as spring sunshine finally arrived.
However, it remained exceptionally cold throughout Cork, Waterford and Tipperary, with frigid conditions expected to last until the weekend.
Farmers are now desperate to get animals out into fields, with grass growth having been particularly badly hit by the torrential rainfall and then icy conditions.
Biting cold temperatures kept all in the mid-west region wrapped up throughout yesterday.
The south-west enjoyed blue skies throughout the day though this gave way to cloudier conditions further inland with the odd flurry of snow in places and a dusting of snow on the mountain peaks.
Roads remained dry but motorists are still being advised to exercise caution, with temperatures expected to dip to about three degrees below zero overnight with a sharp ground frost.
Wintry showers continued to lash the midlands yesterday, with drivers being urged to show caution on the roads, while the west escaped the worst of the bad weather but remained overcast.
As the cold snap continues, the charity ALONE urged the public to check on older people living alone coming up to bank holiday weekend.