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Cold snap to break over weekend

But drivers have been advised that icy conditions are expected to continue through Thursday and Friday.

DRIVERS HAVE BEEN told to remain vigilant while on roads over the coming days as ice and freezing fog persist.

Irish Weather Online has advised that another very cold night is expected today with temperatures falling to as low as -6 degrees. There will also be some freezing fog in places.

Met Éireann agrees:

Very cold again tonight with temperatures quickly falling below freezing, with hoar frost, patches of ice and possibly some fog forming too.

Friday will remain on the cold side but temperatures will start to rise to between 2 and 8 degrees later in the day.

However, things will start looking a bit brighter (and feeling a bit warmer) from Saturday with milder temperatures of between 1 and 9 degrees. Light rain will be seen in most areas of the country.

Some icy patches will still be seen on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

The AA warns of frost and icy conditions on many routes across the country today with temperatures as low as -6 degrees in some areas. They have reminded drivers that stopping distances are ten times longer in ice.

There have also been severe weather conditions in Europe which has interrupted flight schedules. Major delays have been reported in Turkish, Swiss and Italian airports.

Next week looks mainly dry with temperatures faring from 4 to 10 degrees, according to IWO.

Although we may be in for another icy spell as “another blast of cold might not be too far away”.

Anyone travelling to the southeast of England has also been advised to check weather reports as the possibility of snow has been reported.

More: Freezing fog and ice to make driving conditions dangerous>

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