Freezing weather conditions are set to return tonight, with temperatures falling as low as -5C in some areas.

Met Éireann's John Eagleton says snow or sleet can be expected, but conditions will not be as severe or prolonged as over the Christmas period.

An area of sleet and snow will move into much of Munster and south Leinster overnight.

Tomorrow, outbreaks of sleet and snow will spread to much of the rest of Leinster but most of Ulster and Connacht should stay dry.

Met Éireann says snowfalls of 3-5cm can be expected in the south and east.

According to the latest forecasts, the last of the rain, sleet and snow will clear from Leinster and Munster early on Saturday morning and conditions will improve thereafter.

Milder weather is expected around the country next week.