Yet another Arctic blast on its way as snow causes chaos

Fiona Dillon

These were the scenes this morning as many parts of the country woke up to a blanket of snow.

Driving conditions were hazardous, as motorists had to contend with icy roads and snow showers during the rush hour.

And coastal areas were hit by strong to gale-force westerly winds, gusting to between 75 and 110km an hour.

And it looks set to remain very cold for the coming days.

Minimum temperatures of 0-3C are expected tonight, with frost and a risk of icy patches.

Gerry Murphy, a forecaster with Met Eireann, told the Herald: "It will be cold today and very windy in coastal areas."

"However, the winds will ease somewhat tonight. Tomorrow will be cold and bright, with one or two showers of rain and hail.

"A band of rain will move in on Thursday, which may turn to sleet. It will be dry day on Friday mostly, apart from showers.

"It will also be mostly dry on Saturday, but there will be rain that night into Sunday."

Met Eireann said that some of the showers on Sunday will be heavy, with hail and a risk of thunder.

The weather next week is expected to remain very changeable.

ESB crews worked through the night restoring power to hundreds of homes across the north-west.

Motorists have been warned to be alert to black ice on the roads as temperatures drop below zero.