HEAVY RAIN AND some snow hit Leinster overnight as the country enters a week of cold weather, with Ulster and Connacht expected to experience similar conditions tonight.
Gardaí closed the Sally Gap in Wicklow after heavy snowfall in the Wicklow Mountains, advising motorists to exercise care in the area.
Drivers across the country are being warned that there are icy patches on the roads this morning.
Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Wicklow, and Wexford all saw some level of snowfall, although it failed to stick in most areas.
Further rain is expected across the country today, according to Met Éireann.
“There will be a few showers in the west, mainly along the coast, and there will be some lingering rain over parts of Ulster,” today’s forecast reads.
“During the afternoon, showers in the west will become more widespread for a time, some turning wintry on higher ground.”
Temperatures will range between 4 and 8 degrees.
Tonight will be a little worse for some areas:
Ooutbreaks of rain, sleet or snow, becoming widespread across Ulster and Connacht later in the night. Lowest temperatures of +2 to -1 degrees Celsius.
There are also several reports of localised flooding across Wicklow and Dublin.
In the West, the ESB has said the flow of water through Parteen Weir will remain at 440 cubic metres per second, although levels in Lough Derg continue to drop.
Met Éireann had previously warned that this may be experienced in some coastal counties in the east and southeast, although the weather front that carried the snow is said to have been stronger than expected.
Originally published 7.22am