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Ice warning in effect for ten counties and Connacht

Temperatures are set to fall again overnight, with a Status Yellow ice warning in effect for Connacht and ten other counties.

The warning covers Cavan, Donegal, Monaghan, Kildare, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Westmeath and Connacht and will be in place until 10am tomorrow.

Temperatures of minus 5 to 0 degrees are forecast with widespread frost and icy surfaces possibly leading to hazardous travelling conditions.

A Status Orange warning for snow and ice, which had been in effect for Dublin and Wicklow has been lifted, as has a Status Yellow ice warning for the whole country.

Met Éireann said it will be a cold night with cloud thickening from the southwest, bringing rain to Munster, west Connacht and south Leinster.

Its Meteorologist Michelle Dillon said the clear skies experienced across some areas of the country today mean that temperatures will get very cold later.

She said tomorrow more cloud would move up from the southwest bringing rain, some sleet for a time and "maybe even a little bit of hill snow for parts of Munster, south Leinster and south Connacht".

Milder air behind that will gradually start to push up as the day progresses tomorrow and into the evening, she added.

Earlier, the head of the National Emergency Coordination Group said road conditions were "fairly hazardous" in places.

Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Ireland, Keith Leonard said "local authority severe weather assessment teams have been working over the last number of days and the gritters have been out for Transport Infrastructure Ireland on all the primary routes and motorways throughout the country."

He said local authorities gritted secondary routes, but warned that not every road would have been gritted.

"There's a limit to to the coverage, and I suppose there's a key message that even where roads are treated, they can still be slippy, there can still be black ice," Mr Leonard added.

"But certainly we're seeing a transition to more normal temperatures," he said.

"It will be cold again tonight and tomorrow. Then we should be back into the normal March weather from tomorrow onwards."

In pictures: Snowy scenes across Ireland

Snowy conditions in Granard, Co Longford this morning

Disruption, school closures in Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland, overnight snow led to travel disruption and at least 130 school closures.

Police warned drivers to exercise caution on roads, some of which were untreated.

The wintry weather coincided with industrial action by road workers which meant gritting services were affected.

Snow in Co Down

Schools notified parents of closures and in some areas school transport was not running.

The south and east of Northern Ireland were worst affected.

It was under an amber weather warning until 4am. A yellow warning continues for the whole of Northern Ireland until 10am tomorrow.

Additional reporting Conor Macauley, Conor Kane, Eleanor Burnhill

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