Following the recent mild spell in the weather, the bite of winter has returned and motorists are advised to take care on the roads with icy conditions forecasted for the coming days.
Last evening gritters from Donegal County Council were on the roads from approximately 6pm in some areas, as temperatures plummeted last night.
Drivers are being advised to take care as ice may remain in some areas due to the freezing conditions today.
Met Eireann have forecast that there is also a risk of snow showers.
They stated: “Monday will be bitterly cold with frost and ice lingering in many areas. Snow showers will continue to affect mainly Ulster coasts, Munster and Leinster and will be frequent and heavy near Irish sea coasts with the risk of thunder. It’ll be mostly dry elsewhere with sunny spells. Highest temperatures of 1 to 3 degrees with fresh, gusty northeast winds.”
They added that the outlook for the coming days includes frost that will quickly become widespread and severe after dusk tonight. Air temperatures will range -1 to -6 degrees with ground temperatures as low as -10 degrees possible. Icy stretches will occur overnight on Tuesday morning resulting in hazardous conditions with a mostly sunny day expected with temperatures rising to between 4 and 6 degrees, they said.