Warning of snow and ice for second Sunday in a row
Snow and ice are expected to return to our shores for a second Sunday in a row, with fans flocking to Ireland's Six Nations clash with France told to wrap up warmly.
Met Eireann issued a nationwide snow and ice warning yesterday which will remain in place until tomorrow morning.
Temperatures are expected to drop below zero degrees, bringing wintry conditions and some sleet and snow.
The status yellow snow-ice warning came into effect at 11pm last night.
Scattered thundery showers of hail, sleet and snow are expected throughout the day, but meteorologist Matthew Martin said the "temporary event" would be less serious than the snow showers that disrupted travel plans for thousands of people last weekend.
Nonetheless, people are advised to be cautious when travelling and remain vigilant for slippery and icy conditions on roads and paths.
Afternoon high temperatures are expected to be low, at just 5°C to 5°C, with a mix of rain, hail, sleet and snow forecast.
The heaviest snow is expected to fall on higher ground, but lower areas in Connacht and Ulster can also expect to see some accumulations.
"It is going to be a very cold and windy day and there will be widespread wintry showers," Mr Martin told the Sunday Independent.
"There will be some falls of snow, mostly on high ground, but it could be at low levels at times.
"The areas most at risk are Connacht and Ulster. Those showers will also be turning to snow elsewhere by Sunday evening."
The yellow snow and ice warning came into effect for every part of the country last night.
An additional yellow wind warning was issued for counties in the west.
Donegal, Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Sligo, Clare, Kerry and Limerick have been warned that winds will reach speeds of 50kmph-65kmph.
These areas can also expect gusts of 90kmph-110kmph, strongest in coastal areas.
The wind warning is expected to remain in place until tonight.
"It is going to be a temporary affair," Mr Martin said.
Temperatures are expected to rise again early this week as cloud cover increases across the country.
However, the unsettled weather is set to continue this week with showery rain.
Snowfall accumulations of 1cm-5cm were expected nationwide, the national forecaster said.