It won't be quite this cold !!!
Heading to the parade’s tomorrow? Wrap up well as temperatures are set to make this St. Patrick’s day one of the coldest in years.
With many parades set to take place around the county tomorrow, St Patrick’s day will be cold and windy here in the northwest with some sunny spells to brighten up the afternoon.
Entering the festive weekend, Met Éireann have warned of snow showers in eastern parts of the country and temperatures dropping below zero degrees but thankfully we are set to escape the worst of it with most of Donegal set to remain dry for the day.
The morning will begin cloudy in places but the sun is set to shine and develop across the county after midday, just in time for any parade goers.
However, temperatures will range between 2-4 degrees over the day but with the wind chill factor it will feel more like 0 -1 degrees, so stay warm and remember to layer up well while out and about.
“The main thing is for people to wrap up and stay warm and check on their elderly neighbours to make sure their home is warm enough,” said Kenneth McDonagh, of The Donegal Weather Channel.
“Farmers should keep a close eye on their sheep and lambs with it being lambing season too,” he added.
Kenneth says Saturday night into Sunday morning will see the risk of wintry showers develop, potentially falling as snow when temperatures drop between -2C to -6C with the possibility of a severe frost developing too.
Sunday will see further snow showers especially along northern parts of Donegal where sea steamers look as they will push off the coast for a time.
Then, it is forecasted to turn very cold again on Sunday night into Monday morning with a severe frost and ice developing with temperatures again as low as -2 to -6C.
In advance of the St Patrick’s Day festivities and potential extreme conditions, Deirdre Ashe, Director of Personal Lines at Liberty Insurance, advised caution ahead of the bleak bank holiday weekend.
“St Patrick’s Day weekend represents the first bank holiday of the year and will see tens of thousands of motorists take to embark on weekend breaks and attend parades. Historically, this holiday period sees a spike in road accidents, so we would encourage all motorists to drive responsibly this weekend,” she said.
“This is particularly important for motorists in eastern parts of the country where we anticipate snow and subzero temperatures,” she continued.
Donegal will escape the worst of any snowfall during the frosty period expected over the next few days due to an easterly flow but there is still a risk of small accumulations of snow in places up to between 1cm and 4cm. So whether you are out and about for the festivities or on the road, stay safe and be careful.