A weather warning has been issued as snow and ice will sweep over the country during St Patrick’s Day weekend, with temperatures plunging as low as -5C.
Frigid winds from Scandinavia and Eastern Europe will bring a weather system already nicknamed “Son of the Beast” on social media.
It will be an unwelcome reminder of the freezing conditions of the ‘Beast from the East’ weather front that hit the country with Arctic conditions just a fortnight ago.
While there will be no blizzard this time, there are expected to be flurries of snow on what is traditionally the first bank holiday of spring.
Met Eireann issued a Status Yellow weather warning this morning from Leinster, Cavan and Monaghan, which will be in placed until 11.59pm on Sunday night.
They warned: “Advance warning for cold weather this weekend with low-temperatures, snow-showers, snow-accumulation mainly Saturday night and Sunday.”
Met Éireann has warned that some St Patrick’s Day parades will take place in temperatures of just 1C, a startling drop of almost 10C from the milder conditions earlier this week.
Overnight temperatures in some areas will plummet to as low as -5C this weekend, with very heavy frosts predicted.
North Leinster and Ulster are expected to witness showers of snow and sleet, some of which may be quite heavy.
The snow showers follow torrential rainfall on Wednesday, which caused flooding in Kilkenny, Cork and Dublin.
Major flood barriers remain in place across Cork with rivers including the Blackwater, Funcheon and Lee threatening to break their banks.
However, icy conditions will be the dominant feature of the weather for the next week.
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