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.

Rain will become widespread and heavy during Friday (March 15) night. There is the risk of rain turning to sleet in counties Leitrim, Sligo, Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan as lowest temperatures fall close to freezing. 

A low pressure system is likely to track across Ireland during Saturday (March 16) bringing heavy and persistent rain with it as well as the risk of hail. Over the north, northwest and parts of the west rain will turn to sleet and snow over higher ground. Rain will clear to scattered showers by evening. Afternoon temperatures will be 2 to 4 degrees with strong winds making it seem even colder.

Saturday night will be cold with scattered showers becoming confined to the west and northwest. Some showers will be wintry. Lowest temperatures will fall to between -1 to +3 degrees with frost and icy stretches.

Sunday, St Patrick's day is likely to be a bright and cold day with sunny spells and scattered showers, some of the showers could be wintry.