Much of County Clare experienced snowfall on Tuesday night and early Wednesday ahead of the arrival of Storm Rachel.
A return to colder conditions is expected later on Thursday and over the weekend with further falls of hail and sleet likely, with snow on higher ground. The cold theme is expected to continue into next week.
Below are some pictures from around County Clare during the past 24 hours. Click on any image for a caption or to see a larger version.
Kilkishen. Patrick Skehan
Ennis. © Pat Flynn 2015
Wintry skies this morning, near Creegh, West Clare. Callan Picture Products
Snow in Connolly on Wednesday morning
Clarecastle. Photo Ann O’Connell Images
Snow in Ennis. Photo Elefterija Jazz
Snow in Ennis. Image Gary Collins Photography
A snow plough/gritter leaves the NRA depot on the M18 for another run along the motorway. Photo Pat Flynn
Killaloe, Clare this morning. Photo Clare Virtually
Blanket of snow near Flagmount,Co Clare. Photo Ann Illing
Lough Atedaun. Photo Clare By Nature
Knockanean. Photo Barbara Molloy
Dromoland. Martin Molloy
Schoolkids waiting for their bus in East Clare on Wednesday morning. Pic Arthur Ellis.
Junior Infants in St Mochullas national school in Tulla Co Clare during a recent cold spell. L-R Patrick Foley, Cillian O’Neill, Hazel O’Mahony, Clodagh Murphy and Ciara Donnellan enjoying the snow in their School garden on Wednesday morning.Pic Arthur Ellis.
A beautiful snow sunrise in East Clare earlier this month. Pic Arthur Ellis.