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Freezing point Met Eireann warns temperatures are to plunge to freezing -4C as cold snap grips country

Conditions will become increasingly wintry as the week goes on, with a risk of frost and ice and falls of sleet or snow at times

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Snow (stock photo)

Snow (stock photo)

Snow (stock photo)

The current cold snap gripping the country will continue, with temperatures expected to drop to a bone-chilling -4 degrees heading into the weekend. 

A nationwide weather advisory is in place for the next four days and it states that conditions will become increasingly wintry as the week goes on, with a risk of frost and ice and falls of sleet or snow at times.

This morning will start off cold with frost and some icy patches.

While there will be wintry showers over the northern half of the country and in Munster, much of the southern half of Leinster will be mainly dry. This afternoon and evening, showers will become more isolated.

Highest temperatures will be between four to seven degrees with moderate to fresh west to northwest breezes before the sun sets and temperatures drop to - 2 to two degrees with a widespread sharp frost and icy patches.

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Swans on a cold morning  (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Swans on a cold morning (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Swans on a cold morning (Owen Humphreys/PA)

Meanwhile, a Status Yellow ice warning is in place for all six counties in Northern Ireland.

The UK Met Office warned: "Ice and wintry showers bringing some travel disruption."

It came into effect at 6pm on Wednesday and will remain in place until 10am this morning.

Looking ahead to the weekend and tomorrow will be very cold with sunny spells. Much of the country will be dry, however, frost and icy patches are expected to develop as temperatures drop to a chilly -4 to 0 degrees.

Another cold day on Saturday and while much of the country will be dry by nightfall a band of rain, sleet and snow will move eastwards across the country. Frost and icy will develop as it the rain, sleet and snow gradually clear with lowest temperatures of -3 to zero degrees.

It will be much the same for Sunday with highest temperatures ranging from two to six degrees while widespread frost will develop overnight with icy patches and lowest temperatures of -3 to zero degrees.

Met Eireann states: “Monday will continue cold with a good deal of dry, bright weather and a few wintry further wintry showers. Highest temperatures of four to seven degrees. Frost will develop at night.

On Tuesday, rain will spread from the west, possibly falling as sleet or snow for a time as it meets the colder air.”

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