It is set to be very chilly this bank holiday weekend.
Snow and hail is forecast with temperatures dropping to minus three overnight in places.
A dusting of snow is most likely on higher ground in Connacht and Ulster.
Today will be a cold, windy, showery day. The showers will be heaviest & most frequent in Conn., Ulst. & W Muns. Some hail & possibly thunder is likely also. Highs just 7 to 10°C, at best, it will feel even colder in the stiff NW to N winds, which will be blustery on Atl. coasts. pic.twitter.com/6quJwoxPZs— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) October 26, 2018
Met Eireann's Pat Clarke says a drop in temperature will be felt over the long weekend.
"It is the first real cold spell in particular in contrast to last weekend when we had temperatures from 15-18 degrees," he said.
"This weekend we'll have temperatures more typically 6-10 degrees by day.
"It's going to be very cold at night too and as the weekend goes on a lot more frost and some icy patches on roads."
As the weather gets colder, the ISPCA is reminding pet owners to keep their pets away from antifreeze and clean up any spills immediately.
One vet practice said they have seen three cases of cats poisoned by antifreeze in the past two weeks. Cats only have a 5% survival rate after ingesting the coolant.
It only takes 1 millilitre per kilogram of body weight ingested to prove fatal for a cat. Antifreeze is just as toxic for dogs.
If signs of poising are caught early (within 3 hours) vets can administer an antidote, though it is not guaranteed to work.
The best thing pet owners can do is take preventative measures: ensure antifreeze is stored securely out of reach of pets, consider bringing outdoor cats indoors, keeps dogs on a lead when out for a walk, and wipe your pet’s paws after they have been outside.
If you suspect your pet may have antifreeze poisoning, contact your vet immediately.