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Icicle formations at Sally Gap in the Wicklow Mountains Niall Carson/PA Wire

Icicle formations at Sally Gap in the Wicklow Mountains Niall Carson/PA Wire

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Icicle formations at Sally Gap in the Wicklow Mountains Niall Carson/PA Wire

A Status Yellow weather warning has been issued for the entire country.

Met Éireann said temperatures will fall to -3C or -4C tonight, and it will be colder locally away from coasts.

The alert of low temperatures and ice and comes will remain in place until 10am tomorrow morning.

There will be widespread hard ground frost and icy surfaces, with potentially dangerous conditions, Met Éireann warned.

A small craft warning has also been issued.

North to northeast winds will reach Force 6 at times today and tonight on Irish coasts from Carlingford Lough to Carnsore Point to Roches Point.

Tonight will be largely dry and clear with mist and fog patches developing in places,” the forecaster stated.

“However, light to moderate northerly winds will bring isolated wintry showers to northern coasts towards morning. Under clearing skies it will become very cold tonight with lows of minus 4 to 0 degrees, or locally colder inland, leading to a sharp frost and some icy conditions forming from early tonight.”

They added: “It will be dry in many areas on Sunday with good winter sunshine and scattered showers near western and eastern coasts. Some showers will drift further inland in Leinster during the evening, and may turn wintry.

“It will be bitterly cold throughout the day with highest temperatures of just 1 to 4 degrees in a light to moderate northeast breeze. Frost and ice may remain in some sheltered areas throughout the day.”

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