Snow could blanket parts of Ireland within days as a major cold blast moves in.
Met Eireann has issued a 16-hour weather warning for Ice that comes into effect at 6pm on Monday.
The nationwide Status Yellow alert lasts until Tuesday and 10am and reads: “Hazardous conditions due to freezing temperatures including icy stretches on roads and paths.”
Next week, the mercury is due to plummet below zero as freezing Arctic air sinks southwards.
A forecaster said: “It will be very cold until at least Thursday with frost, ice and some possible wintry falls.”
Temperatures as low as -4C are forecast, but freezing northerly winds could make it feel even colder.
The national forecaster has not ruled out the possibility of weather warnings being issued, saying: “Colder than average conditions could lead to some wintry hazards, especially frosty nights.”
The first of the snow could hit on Monday night, with Met Eireann saying: “Wintry showers will move into north facing coasts later in the night, in a mostly light northerly airflow.”
On Tuesday it says: “Some well scattered sleet or snow showers will stream into the north and northwest but with a lot of dry weather elsewhere.
“A few wintry showers will continue near northern coasts overnight on Tuesday, while staying dry and clear elsewhere.”
Its snow forecast for Wednesday reads: “Cloud and wintry rain may feed into the southwest. Some uncertainty after-dark but widespread wintry outbreaks may continue to feed up from the southwest.”
You can check exactly when snow will hit your area using Windy’s live tracker below
Snow is represented by white snowflakes appearing in the rain.
Meanwhile, independent Irish forecaster Alan O’Reilly is warning of severe wind chill over the coming days.
Sharing weather models on his popular Carlow Weather social media accounts, he said: “Windchill forecast for the next few days with a cold blast ahead.”
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