Met Éireann is forecasting a return to wintry conditions over the weekend.
The agency has issued a Yellow Ice/Snow Alert and says tonight will be cold, with scattered showers of sleet and snow, mainly in Atlantic coastal counties at first and in Ulster, becoming more widespread, with accumulations in many areas overnight and into Saturday.
Widespread frost will also occur, with icy stretches on untreated surfaces and hazardous driving conditions as temperatures dip to between 0 to minus 3 degrees. It will turn even colder on Saturday night.
County Clare’s 600km secondary and regional road network was treated with up to 500 tonnes of rock salt between Monday morning (12 January) and Friday morning (16 January), according to Clare County Council.
7 salting trucks have been maintaining the road network on a 24-hour basis as a result of the cold snap.
All trucks were dispatched from the Council’s maintenance depot at Beechpark, Ennis, where the Council also stores its rocks salt supplies.
Saturday will bring further scattered showers, some of them of snow, especially over high ground and mostly in the west and north.
“The cold snap will continue up to and including Wednesday next, with severe night frosts, a risk of freezing fog and further wintry showers. However, there will be some sunny spells also,” stated Met Éireann.