Winter isn't quite over as snow warning issued for the weekend
The snowdrops may be blooming, but that doesn't mean winter is over yet as more snow could be on its way here next week.
While the sun may be shining when Ireland takes on Wales in the Six Nations clash at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday, the mercury will hover between just 4C and 8C, according to Met Éireann.
Normally temperatures range between 7C and 9.8C in February.
"But it's getting coolish for this time of year," said a Met Éireann forecaster.
For anyone living in the Greater Dublin Area, it will feel more like winter than spring by the end of the week.
Sub-zero temperatures were expected last night with the mercury dipping to -2C and hovering around the freezing mark tonight and overnight on Thursday, with frost forming by morning.
Friday will be largely dry with some bright spells in the east but temperatures will struggle to reach 5C, although daytime highs will be slightly warmer in the west. The mercury will drop below zero again in the east, leading to a sharp frost. A high pressure system will dominate from midweek onwards and will lead to generally bright and dry conditions, with some bright spells on Friday and over the weekend.
But the clear skies accompanying the system will see temperatures drop below freezing everywhere on Saturday night with widespread frost expected.
The cold will linger next week with wintry showers and even snow possible in eastern and southern counties.
"At the moment it looks like it will be a cold regime for the early days of next week with easterly winds and frosty nights with sub-zero temperatures," according to Met Éireann.
However, today will be a pleasant enough day after frost and fog clear this morning, leading to mostly dry conditions and sunny spells for most of the country with passing showers possible along the south and western coasts. Temperatures will be in the normal range between 7C and 9C.