Tonight could be the coldest of the year so far.
A status orange low temperature/ice warning will take effect in 19 counties, including Cork, from 6 this evening until noon tomorrow.
Meanwhile the national status yellow warning for ice and low temperatures remains in place until Friday for the whole country
Temperatures look set to dip well below freezing again overnight.
But Alan O' Reilly of Carlow Weather says there will be a slight respite towards the weekend.
"It does look like there will be a brief milder spell of weather but wet and windy at times on Sunday, which will see a rise of temperature across much of the country.
"I think tonight could see the lowest temperatures of this cold spell with temperatures dropping below minus eight degrees. We could see minus nine maybe even minus 10 degrees locally in the Midlands, especially."
Widespread frost & icy conditions will persist through the rest of the week with any coastal showers potentially falling as sleet or snow 🌨️❄️🥶
🌡️Temperatures will be below freezing through this morning, & between zero & plus 1°C this afternoon.
It'll be mainly dry & sunny ⛅️ pic.twitter.com/GUuRov1I9P
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) December 14, 2022