Temperatures are set to plummet across Wicklow over the coming days but we are unlikely to see the first snow fall of the winter on lower ground.
From tomorrow, temperatures are set to dip down to the low teens, but it will feel much colder due to a north wind.
Friday night could see temperatures dip below freezing and there is a risk of ground frost, which could lead to icy patches on untreated road networks.
Saturday will continue cold and temperatures could struggle to climb into double figures. It will be a largely sunny day, although there is a chance of an odd wintry shower.
Sunday and Monday will also be bitterly cold days and a sharp frost is likely at night.
Wicklow Weather has posted an advisory for walkers and climbers over higher ground.
“Take care this weekend on high ground nationwide with wintry showers, sunny spells and strong winds expected.
“Daytime freezing levels will drop to 400m on Saturday with a wind chill temps of -7c to -10c over exposed high ground.”
Despite claims in some papers today that we are set for snowfall, this seems unlikely, especially on lower ground and any snowfall over higher ground in Wicklow will be minimal.
“The highest risk of small to moderate accumulations will be over 400m in Ulster and Nth Connacht and trace amounts elsewhere. Drivers should use caution over high ground with icy conditions across mountain passes.”
The cold spell will be short-lived and temperatures are set to recover from next Tuesday onwards.