A cold St Patrick's Day weekend is being predicted with a risk of snow showers and a  "significant wind chill".

Met Eireann has forecast that there will be "a few wintry showers" in parts on March 17.

In a forecast it said: "Cold and breezy on St Patrick's Day, with a significant wind chill due to fresh and gusty easterly winds. Afternoon temperatures will be just 1 to 3 degrees in eastern half of the country and between 4 to 6 degrees further west.

"Most places dry, but a few wintry showers are likely in the east and south.

"Very cold Saturday night, with mainly clear skies and some snow showers in the east and southeast. Amounts are looking small at this stage. Lowest temperatures -1 to -4 degrees.

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On Sunday temperatures are expected to peak at around 4C, but easterly winds will make it feel even colder.

Met Eireann said: "Some sleet or snow showers will occur again, mainly in eastern areas. A few flurries are possible elsewhere.

"Another very cold night on Sunday. Lowest temperatures 0 to -5 degrees with a widespread severe frost. Less cold perhaps on Leinster coasts. "

Next week is set to start dry and sunny overall but there will be some showers in the east.

Meanwhile, heavy rainfall throughout Wednesday has led to flooding in a number of counties.

In Co Wicklow a number of houses have been flooded in the Rathdrum and Kilmacanogue areas.

A  mother and baby were marooned in their car when it stalled in flood waters in Freshford.

A towing service was called and the two were rescued by towing the car clear of the water.

Kilkenny County Council also issued a flood alert warning for the Graigenamanagh, Thomastown and Inistioge areas.