It’s the coldest and wetest winter weather Ireland has seen in a century, and the National Weather Service has issued a warning for people to be prepared for extreme weather in the area, including hail, snow, freezing rain and hail.
In a statement, the agency said people should not wear long-sleeved or heavy-duty clothing and should stay indoors, and stay well-hydrated.
The coldest December day, the highest rainfall in over 50 years and the longest cold spell in nearly 50 years, are among the worst ever recorded in the country.
The statement said severe weather is not just for winter.
It said people could be seriously injured and even killed if they drive on roads and take shortcuts.
The agency said extreme weather conditions could lead to extreme weather events, including flooding, landslides and road accidents.
It warned people to stay home from 10am to 7pm on the Friday night and Saturday night, and that the road network could be affected by the snow and rain.
The weather service warned of severe flooding, mudslides, and landslides in the areas around Cavan, Clare, Louth, Limerick, Cork and Kerry.
There is no sign of the freezing rain that was predicted in the weekend.