Snow, sleet and freezing conditions set to continue

NewsBy Sunday World
Lots more of this in the coming days
Lots more of this in the coming days

It may be the first week of March but the weather is going to remain very wintry for the next few days.

Temperatures for the weekend will be well below average for this time of year and the country is expected to be covered in a blanket of frost for the coming days.

Tonight will be much colder than last night, with temperatures set to dip down to -4 and Met Éireann was warning it could not predict when the cold snap will end.

No parts of the country will escape a big freeze in the coming days with the mercury expected to drop well below zero.

Sunday will also be cold and while it will start out sunny rain and sleet will spread across the country from the west during the day.

Sunday night is predicted to be very cold, with even snow expected on high ground.

Sunday night will also bring a lot of frost and driving conditions on Monday morning could be treacherous, with icy patches expected across the country.

All of this comes on top of the snow and ice that caused misery for commuters and householders across the country yesterday.

Worst hit were parts of west Cork and north Cork where gardaí warned that road conditions in some areas were dangerous.

Gardaí responded to a number of weather-related collisions including two serious accidents outside Mitchelstown and Ballyvourney.

Met Éireann forecaster Pat Clarke warned that the weekend will be cold.

"It will be zero or minus-one on some coasts but it might be minus-two or minus-three further inland," he said.

"There is no sign of decent temperatures and decent dry spells."