Cold snap is on the way. Photo: Lorraine Teevan

Rain, sleet and snow on the way tomorrow

Weather update from Met Éireann

Today will be cold with sunny spells and showers of rain or hail with a chance of thunder. Showers will be heaviest and most frequent over the western half of the country, with longer drier intervals further east. Highest temperatures of 5 to 8 degrees with moderate to fresh, gusty west to southwest winds.

Tonight will be cold with showery rain spreading eastwards and turning wintry with hail or sleet in places and with snow flurries possible on high ground, mainly in Ulster and Leinster towards morning. Frost and icy patches also. Lows of -1 to +2 degrees with moderate southerly breezes becoming northwesterly overnight.

Friday will be very cold with a mix of rain, sleet and snow affecting Ulster and the east and north of Leinster at first and spreading southwards over Connacht and Munster through the morning and early afternoon. Brighter weather will follow from the northwest. Highest temperatures of 3 to 6 degrees with light to moderate northwest winds increasing fresh northerly in the afternoon.

National Outlook

Overview: Continuing cold over the weekend with wintry showers at times and with frost at night. Becoming milder next week.

Friday Night : Friday night will be cold night with a mix of clear spells and wintry showers of rain, hail and sleet with some snow on hills and mountains. Some frost and icy patches are possible. Lowest temperatures of between of -1 to +3 degrees with mostly moderate north to northwest winds.

Saturday will continue cold with sunny spells and showers, some of hail with some sleet over the mountains. Highest afternoon temperatures of 4 to 8 degrees with a moderate northwesterly wind. Saturday night: will be cold with clear spells showers with a few hail or sleet showers possible. Frost and icy patches will develop also. Lowest temperatures of -1 to +3 degrees

Sunday will be a bright day with sunny spells and isolated showers. Not as cold as previous days with highest temperatures of 6 and 8 degrees with light to moderate westerly winds. Sunday night will be cold with frost and icy patches. A band of rain will move up over the southern half of the country overnight, turning to sleet in places as it meet the cold air. Lowest temperatures of -2 to +2 degrees, coldest in Ulster.

Monday will be mostly cloudy with rain extending northwards to all areas and continuing for the rest of the day and on Monday night. Highest temperatures of 5 to 9 degrees with fresh easterly winds.

On Tuesday, rain will clear northwards with milder, drier weather following.

The weather will continue mild for the following few days with a fair amount of dry weather and some showers. Temperatures will range from about 11 to 14 degrees and the nights will be mostly frost-free.