Maximum temperatures will range from just 1 or 2 degrees in the north and east to 5 or 6 along west and southwest coasts. Wind speeds are forecast to gust up to 90 to 100 km/h in places across Leinster.
There will be a brief respite on Friday before more bad weather sets in for the weekend. St Patrick's Day on Saturday will see freezing temperatures but there will be some sunshine in the afternoon.
The national weather forecaster said tonight will be breezy and mostly cloudy, with outbreaks of rain, mainly in the eastern half of the country. There is the potential for higher accumulations in mountainous areas.
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Meanwhile, revelers heading to Trafalgar Square on Sunday for London's St Patrick's Day celebrations are in for a chilly one, with snow showers expected to last until around midday.
If you love films and TV, you're going to love this. "Turning colder with daytime temperatures back to 5°C in a strong easterly wind". There will be a wind chill factor.
As well as this, fears of a return of the "Beast from the East" this weekend are growing with Met Eireann predicting snow and icy conditions over the Bank Holiday weekend. That was an exceptional weather event.