Motorists have been urged to drive with care with icy patches and snow hitting many parts of the country.

A Status Yellow warning is in place with scattered snow showers and icy patches forecast.

The showers will become confined to western and northern areas later today.

Temperatures are expected to drop to -2C overnight.

A number of roads around Portarlington and Mountmellick in Co Laois are still impassable following heavy rain and flooding on Wednesday.

The Defences Forces sent in 32 personnel to help with flood relief works in Mountmellick this morning.