Warnings for severely cold weather next week could be upgraded to Status Red, according to Met Eireann forecaster Joanna Donnelly.
Speaking on Friday evening, she said 'extreme' weather was on the way likely to bring a series of weather warnings.
Met Éireann has already issued a Status Yellow weather warning for the entire country.
The advisory from the national forecaster will be in effect for a full week from Friday, February 23 at 12pm until Friday, March 2 at 12pm.
The cold weather system expected to bring Scandinavian and Siberian temperatures has been labelled 'the beast from the East' with values set to plummet well below zero.
They also predict "disruptive snow showers are expected from Tuesday onwards, particularly in the east and southeast."
The weather is set to get gradually colder over the weekend with daytime temperature languishing around 5 or 6 degrees, with nighttime temperatures of -2.
The Status Yellow from Met Éireann is valid from 12pm today until 12pm on Friday, March 2.
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