Met Eireann’s forecast for the remainder of the week shows heavy rain, frost and ice are on the way for most counties as temperatures drop.
Wintry showers and even a chance of snowfall are expected for some ahead of the upcoming washout weekend.
As for today, Thursday, “some bright spots are likely this morning but in general it will be mostly cloudy today,” said the Irish forecaster.
It will be mostly dry throughout the morning and afternoon with a few patches of light rain and drizzle, mainly in the western parts.
However, later in the afternoon and evening a band of persistent and heavy rain will spread from the northwest – but much of Leinster and Munster will remain mostly dry into the night.
It is expected to be windy, with southwest winds becoming brisk to strong and gusty at times, later turning northwest to northwest in the northwest.
This band of heavy and prolonged rain will continue overnight, expanding southeast, followed by cold, clear weather.
The lowest temperatures from -1 to +3 degrees, coldest away from the west coast, with some frost and ice.
Tomorrow Friday will be “a cold, bright day with sunshine and showers, intermittently heavy hail and sleet – with showers being most widespread in the northern parts”.
Some snow showers are likely at times in Ulster, particularly over higher ground.
Later in the day showers will become more scattered and consist mostly of rain, although some wintry showers were still seen in northern counties.
The maximum temperatures are between 4 and 8 degrees.
Heading into the weekend, Met Eireann predicts that “Saturday will start out fairly bright but cloud will increase as the morning progresses, patchy spells of rain will develop as the afternoon progresses, with rain in the North West becoming heavier and more persistent into the evening will be .”
It will also be fairly windy as moderate south-west winds pick up throughout the day and afternoon temperatures drop to a milder 8-11 degrees.
As for Sunday, “stormy bursts of rain will continue throughout the day, again spreading to most areas with limited bright or sunny spells developing.”
Highest temperatures range from 9 to 12 degrees with moderate to brisk westerly winds.