15 Irish counties issued weather alert for snowy St Patrick's Day
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15 Irish counties issued weather alert for snowy St Patrick's Day

MET Éireann has issued a Status Yellow weather alert for over half of Ireland as the nation prepares for a snowy St Patrick's weekend.

Some 15 counties in Leinster, Ulster and Munster are set to get the worst of the cold weather.

The warning is in place until 11.59pm on Sunday for Dublin, Carlow, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Longford, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford, Wicklow, Cavan and Monaghan.

Night-time temperatures as low as -4c will move in over the bank holiday, so take that into account if you're out celebrating late.

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Saturday will see widespread sharp frost with scattered wintry showers especially to the east of the country.

It will again feel frigidly cold on Sunday, but will mostly stay dry with scattered wintry showers petering out in the afternoon.

For more information, keep an eye on Met Éireann's official updates page here.

Have a happy (and safe) St Patrick's weekend!