In a famous self-aware scene from 1997 horror film Scream 2, the audience is told that the sequel always tends to bring more carnage than the original.
Irish people will be hoping that this is not the case when the so-called 'Son Of The Beast' arrives on our shores just in time for St. Patrick's Day. A couple of weeks ago, Ireland was brought to a standstill when the Beast From The East dropped metres of snow all over the country and Met Éireann is now warning that its offspring could put a dampener on any plans to celebrate our national holiday.
Random analogies to obscure 90s movies aside, the Son isn't expected to cause as much destruction as its devastating parent but snow is expected in parts of the country as people are advised to wrap up warm if they're heading out for the day.
The forecast for Saturday reads:
'St. Patrick's Day will be a cold and windy day that will continue to get colder through the day with scattered showers progressively turning more wintry. Highs of only 1 to 3 degrees in the eastern half of the country, 4 to 6 degrees in the west. Blustery easterly winds will add a significant wind chill.'
WATCH - The craic and the community spirit that came to the fore during the week of the Beast and Storm Emma revisited in "Eye of the Storm" TONIGHT 22:15 on @RTEOne #sneachta2018 #StormEmma #BeastfromEast ????️????️❄️❄️ pic.twitter.com/9Up9BfHjj3
— RTÉ TV FACTUAL UNIT (@RTEFactualUnit) March 15, 2018
The above video is a stark reminder of the chaos caused during our last bout of snow and while the craic was certainly had, most of us would prefer not to see a repeat.
Stay safe and wrap up, folks.