Chilly and frosty start to the day but 'above normal' temperatures are on the way
The weather is set to improve over the weekend with temperatures rising to normal or above normal values, according to Met Eireann.
While milder Spring weather is on the way, the biting cold weather will continue through Thursday and Friday with a status yellow low-temperature weather warning issued for tonight.
AA Roadwatch are reporting damp, wet and icy roads across the country as Thursday gets off to a cold and frosty start. Met Eireann has said that sunny spells and showers are on the way later today with some heavy rainfall forecast this morning.
In parts of Leinster, snow and ice are still causing issues on the roads. In Kildare, AA Roadwatch are urging motorists to take care around the Maynooth, Straffan and Naas areas due to snow drifts.
In Wexford, some local roads in Enniscorthy and Wexford Town are only open to single-lane traffic due to snow banks.
In Wicklow, motorists are urged to avoid using local roads in the Laragh and Roundwood areas due to snow drifts and slippery conditions. The Sally Gap remains closed.
Top temperatures this afternoon will range between 7C to 9C . Tonight will be bitterly cold, with night temperatures set to plummet to as low as -3C or -4C.
Met Eireann also warned that there was a chance of sharp ground frost and icy patches at night, which would make driving conditions very dangerous, especially on higher ground and secondary roads.
There'll be a dry and fairly sunny start to Friday but it's not expected to last. Rain will develop along the south coast in the afternoon and extend through Munster and much of Leinster in the evening, turning heavy and possibly thundery on Friday night. Top daytime temperatures of between 7C and 9C are forecast.
Temperatures are expected to fall to zero degrees on Friday night.
The weather is set to pick up for the weekend with a mild Saturday forecast. Top temperatures of 10C and 12C are expected during the day and Met Eireann said snow melt will continue.
It will be a brighter day for much of the country with sleet over Ulster clearing gradually. Occasional showers are expected but overall sunny spells will continue.
Sunday will be mostly dry and bright with a mix of cloud and sunny spells. Top temperatures of between 8C and 11C. It will be misty and cloudy along the south and east coasts overnight but a mainly dry day elsewhere.