Many parts of Ireland woke up this morning covered in a blanket of snow as the cold snap across the country continues.
A status orange snow and ice warning for Dublin and Wicklow was in place until 8am this morning, with a status yellow weather warning for ice remaining in place for the entire country until midday.
Met Éireann has warned of further falls of sleet and snow for a time on Friday, with accumulations in places and icy conditions.
There was plenty of excitement on Irish Twitter as the snow fell last night, with people across the country taking to social media to share their videos.
Lovely snowy scene in Lacken outside Blessington. Thanks to Lisa for the video. Take care traveling this morning as conditions vary a lot across the country. pic.twitter.com/NkH0jPKd2Y
— Carlow Weather (@CarlowWeather) March 10, 2023
Fiadh, loving her first Snow Day.
County Clare, Ireland. pic.twitter.com/cJwG9LVLpA
— Cormac's Coast (@cormac_mcginley) March 10, 2023
— Jennifer (@Jeanobenn) March 10, 2023
Some drone footage of the snowy spring #sunrise over #Ashbourne Co. #Meath this morning.
Melting fast & wont be a snow day I fear ❄️🌨️☃️
4K footage here https://t.co/TJPeJ2fGEX#snow#sneachta@MetEireann @CarlowWeather @rtenews @IrishTimes @Independent_ie @irishexaminer pic.twitter.com/7XbDvoygZb
— Dr Robert O'Connor (@DrRobertOConnor) March 10, 2023
— Brian oneill 🇺🇦 (@BrianONews) March 9, 2023
Despite many young people up and down the country hoping for a snow day off today it appears that most schools managed to open successfully.
The decision on whether to open schools or not fell to individual principals or boards of management.
Keith Leonard, of the National Directorate for Fire and Emergency Management Crisis Management Team, said schools were operating normally unless parents heard otherwise.
"That is a judgment call that will be made at local level,” he told RTÉ Radio’s Morning Ireland.
Temperatures will rise to between four and seven degrees later in the day, which will cause the snow to melt and leave slush on the road.
The melting snow and frost overnight could lead to dangerous conditions on Saturday according to Gerry Murphy from Met Éireann.
To the disappointment of some no doubt, Murphy told Morning Ireland that once the snow clears in Dublin on Wicklow on Friday morning, “that’s really the end of the snow in the shorter term”.
Further snow possible on Saturday
On Saturday morning, rain, sleet and snow will spread northeastwards to all areas, with some small accumulations of snow possible in parts of Connacht, Ulster and Leinster.
It will be cold in Ulster, Connacht and Leinster with afternoon highs of one to five degrees, but it will gradually turn milder in the southwest, with highs of nine to eleven degrees.
Then on Sunday, Met Éireann forecasts that a largely dry start will then turn wet and windy.
Rain will spread from the west through the morning and afternoon, with the possibility of some heavier falls later in the evening.
It will be a much milder day, with highest daytime temperatures of seven degrees in the north to eleven degrees in the south.
Murphy describes this as a return to "typical Irish weather."