A Status Orange snow-ice warning for Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Louth, Wexford, Wicklow, Meath and Waterford has been lifted, however Met Éireann has warned of an icy night ahead with lying snow and temperatures dropping to -3C.

Met Éireann has issued a Status Yellow snow-ice warning this evening for the entire country.

This is in place until 10am tomorrow morning, and warns of very cold temperatures with icy patches and lying snow.

The forecaster has said further snow showers will occur, mainly affecting parts of Leinster and Munster.

It warned that temperatures are set to drop below freezing tonight, with some areas seeing temperatures as low as -3C.

It also warned of slippery paths and roads due to accumulations of ice on untreated surfaces.

Snowfall last night across the eastern part of the country caused disruption to a number of events this St Patrick's Bank Holiday weekend.

The organisers of the St Patrick's Festival said the Big Day Out event in Merrion Square in Dublin was not going ahead, along with other tours and events which were scheduled for today.

The homecoming of the Irish rugby team to celebrate becoming Six Nations and Grand Slam champions at the Aviva Stadium was cancelled.

The snowfall has also affected today’s GAA fixture list with many Allianz league fixtures postponed until tomorrow.

Scattered snow showers are forecast to continue and lead to accumulations in places with some drifting.

Motorists are being advised to take care on the roads and gardaí have warned that many roads are slippery and with the low temperatures there may be black ice in places.

AA Roadwatch echoed that warning, saying some main routes were down to one lane of traffic due to the snow, and that some secondary roads are treacherous, especially around areas of high ground.

The Road Safety Authority has advised road users to check local conditions before making a journey in affected areas, to drive slowly in the highest possible gear and use dipped headlights.

Snow has been falling in the southeast since last night. 

All major and secondary roads are open this evening across the southeast as councils continue to grit roads.

The snow has stopped falling in most areas and there are no major reports of disruption.

Roads will be gritted again overnight.

Local authorities in the weather warning areas have severe weather plans in place and have been out gritting and salting roads where appropriate.

Wicklow County Council said some parts of the county experienced heavy snowfall with some drifting. 

Up to 12cm fell around Blessington, while roads were reportedly dangerous around Roundwood.

Some secondary roads are impassable, while the Sally Gap remains impassable.

Public transport affected with snowfall 

Dublin Bus said the majority of its services are operating as normal but six routes have been curtailed.

Bus Éireann has said that all services are back to normal after some delays and cancellations earlier in the day.

Meanwhile, Iarnród Éireann said all services are running, but there may be some delays. It has said there are delays of up to 15 minutes into and out of Heuston, and added there are also delays to DART services.

Dublin Airport has said that flight operations have resumed following a 40-minute suspension earlier this morning to clear snow from the runway. 

It advised passengers to check with their airline on the status of their flights. 

Dublin City Council has said that its road crews have been in operation overnight and this morning with snow ploughs and salt gritters concentrating on the main routes around the city.

Additional beds provided for people sleeping rough

101 beds for people sleeping rough are in use in Dublin this weekend due to the bad weather.

This includes an additional ten beds which were put in place yesterday ahead of the snow.  Ten people were offered a bed but declined accommodation.

There was an excess of 11 beds in the system for the Dublin area.

The Dublin Region Homeless Executive, the Peter McVerry Trust and Focus Ireland intake team were out until 1.30am and have been back out on the streets since 7am.

All cold weather bed shelters have been asked to stay open 24/7 for the duration of the bad weather by the Dublin Region Homeless Executive.