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cold as ice Snow and ice warning issued to eight counties as temperatures plummet to -3C

It will remain very cold across the country today while a Status Yellow snow and ice warning has been issued for eight counties.

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Most of the country will have woken up this morning to a white sheet of ice with snow in some parts after temperatures fell overnight.

It will remain very cold across the country today while a Status Yellow - Snow/Ice warning has been issued for Louth, Cavan and Monaghan until midday.

Snow fall will lead to accumulations in some areas, the warning adds.

"Thursday will be breezy with a mix of sunny spells and scattered showers, some turning wintry in places,” Met Eireann said.

“There is a risk of hail and isolated thunderstorms. Showers will become more frequent in the afternoon, especially along eastern coasts. Highest temperatures of 3C to 6C but feeling colder in fresh and gusty northerly winds.

"Remaining showers or longer spells of rain in eastern areas will gradually clear south-eastwards overnight and it will become dry in many areas with clear spells.

"Showers will persist in parts of the west and northwest, however, with a continued risk of hail. Lows of -1C to 3C.

"North-westerly winds will fall light to moderate overnight, but they will continue fresh on coasts."

In the North, the UK Met Office has issued a Yellow ice and snow warning for counties Antrim, Armagh, Fermanagh, Tyrone and Derry. This warning will remain in place until 11am today.

Tonight will see remaining showers or longer spells of rain in eastern areas gradually clear south-eastwards, as conditions become dry in many areas.

However, scattered showers will persist in parts of the west and northwest.

New Year’s Day is forecast to be dry and bright in many areas with sunny spells.

Scattered showers of rain, however, will continue to affect coastal counties, especially in the north and northwest but it will be a cold day with highs of just 3 to 5 degrees, in light to moderate northerly winds.

Friday night will turn very cold with a widespread frost. Dry in most areas, but scattered showers will develop in northern and western coastal counties, with showers turning wintry once again on high ground.

Saturday will be a mainly dry day with sunny spells. Scattered showers continuing in northern and western coastal counties.

It will be a very cold Saturday night with widespread sharp frost. Dry and clear in most areas with a few showers affecting coastal regions. Lows of 1 degree near coasts to -4 degrees inland, in light northerly winds.

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