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Video: Weekend temperatures to plummet as big freeze arrives

MOTORISTS face dangerous driving conditions over the weekend as a big freeze arrives.

Temperatures are set to fall as low as -3C and many roads will not be gritted.

Met Eireann said it will be very cold tonight, with temperatures falling to between 0 and -3C.

This will result in a widespread sharp or severe frost and the risk of some dangerous icy patches on untreated road surfaces.

Some fog will also develop around dawn tomorrow.

Generally, it will be colder throughout the weekend and into next week as north to north-east winds set in and temperatures drop.

It will be windy with heavy rain in the south and east tomorrow night with some colder weather in the north-west and some frost.

On Sunday, rain in parts of the north-east or east will clear quickly in the morning and the day will be cold and mostly dry with showers.

The early days of next week will be cold and breezy with fresh north to north-east winds with sunny spells in most places, according to Met Eireann. Temperatures are expected to be below normal for the next 10 days and night frosts are likely.

Extreme gusts hit several parts of the country yesterday as high winds moved eastwards and motorists were advised to drive with caution after roads were flooded in Tipperary, Wicklow, Meath and Cork.

Storm force winds gusted on the Irish Sea but by dawn the worst was over in most places.

Ten millimetres of rain an hour fell during the worst periods of the high winds.

Irish Independent