Don't pack away your winter woolies just yet. The weather is set to take a turn this week.
Met Eireann has issued a Snow-ice warning for Ireland until 12pm tomorrow.
"Showers of snow are expected at times overnight and during Tuesday morning. Some accumulations are likely, 1 to 3 centimetres locally, but possibly more on hills and mountains in the western half of the country."
Today will be cold and breezy with widespread showers and some hail and thunder. There'll be highs of 7 to 10 C., in fresh and gusty westerly winds.
Temperatures are expected to drop below freezing tonight with some sleet or snow forecast on higher ground in Dublin and across the country.
Snow will be heaviest tonight in the west, where a few centimetres are likely along with icy patches.
According to Met Eireann, tomorrow will also be a cold day with more snow and sleet showers in the morning. Rain will develop in the afternoon with highest temperatures of 4 to 7 degrees.
Severe frost is forecast on Tuesday night with lowest temperatures between 0 and -4 degrees.
The remainder of the week is set to be cold with some frost at night but it will turn milder by the weekend.
The Road Safety Authority is appealing to drivers to take care with hazardous conditions expected.
They're being reminded to:
- Watch out for "black ice." It is nearly transparent ice that often looks like a harmless puddle. It can occur especially in sheltered areas on roads, under trees and next to high walls.
- Clear your windows and mirrors before you set out. Do not use hot water on the windscreen as it can crack the glass.
- In snow and icy conditions slow down, use all controls delicately and leave extra distance between you and the vehicle in front. Too much steering is bad and avoid harsh braking and harsh acceleration. Use the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin. Select a low gear when travelling downhill especially if through bends.
- Watch out for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists and allow extra space.