Weather forecast for St Patrick's Day - Is it going to rain or snow on the parades?

Conor Ganly


Conor Ganly

Met Éireann's forecasting charts show snow in the weather for St Patrick's weekend in just days after Storm Gareth hits Ireland.

The charts show a lot of rain and wind leading up to St Patrick's Day while another plunge in temperatures is set to be accompanied by a day of heavy rain on Saturday.

In its forecast issued on Tuesday, March 12 Met Éireann said Saturday would see 'heavy and persistent rain' over much of Leinster and Munster.

"There will be some heavy bursts with a risk of hail. Some of the rain possibly turning to sleet, with snow on hills and mountains. Elsewhere it will be drier with just a few showers, although some of hail," it says.

The forecaster says it will be cold with highest temperatures of 3 to 5 Celsius. It says Saturday night will become dry in most areas, but a few showers will persist in Atlantic coastal counties and a few will be wintry. Cold with lowest temperatures of -1 to +3 Celsius with frost and icy stretches.

At the moment Sunday St Patrick's Day is expected to be a bright and cold day with sunny spells and scattered showers, some of the showers wintry in the north and northwest.

Temperatures will rise no higher than 9 Celsius with a fresh westerly breeze.