Prospect of a white St Patrick's Day locally played down

Prospect of a white St Patrick's Day locally played down

"It's a bit far off at the moment but there is the likelihood of snow showers particularly in the east. Temperatures look like they'll be around 3 to 5 degrees".

The warning came as Met Éireann issued a Status Yellow alert for heavy rainfall predicted over the next 24 hours. Wind speeds are forecast to gust up to 90 to 100 km/h in places across Leinster.

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are set to be wet with frost in places but things will take a turn for the worst over the weekend. St Patrick's Day on Saturday will see freezing temperatures but there will be some sunshine in the afternoon.

Many areas will become dry, but some showers will move in to eastern coastal counties, mainly of rain or sleet. It will be cold, frosty and icy on Monday night. There is the potential for higher accumulations in mountainous areas.

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"It will be breezy with easterly winds".

A Met Éireann spokeswoman advised that parade-goers should wrap up warm. "It will not be pleasant standing around watching a parade", she said.

The Beast from the East might have absconded with Storm Emma but it appears that more inclement weather is just around the corner. That was an exceptional weather event.

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