Cold spell to stay until beginning of February

Elderly Woman in Cold Weather - Dec 2010There's a snow and ice warning in effect across the country.

Met Eireann has a status yellow alert in place for wintry showers, which could lead to up to 3cm of snow during tonight and tomorrow.

The northwest, as well as high ground, are expected to see the largest accumulations. It's to remain windy with showers of rain this morning, but as the air turns colder the showers will turn to snow overnight.

And forecaster with Met Eireann, John Eagheton says the cold weather will hang around until the beginning of February: