Cool, dry conditions in store for Chicago's St. Patrick's Day South Side Irish Parade

By Faith Eherts, AccuWeather meteorologist
March 17, 2019, 8:40:38 AM EDT

More springlike weather is expected to descend upon Chicagoland, just in time for this year's St. Patrick's Day festivities.

The Chicago Sun Times reported that while other cities such as Boston, Philadelphia and New York have respectable celebrations, the Windy City came out on top of the best cities in the country to spend March 17, according to WalletHub.

Thursday's severe thunderstorms and damaging winds will have moved well away from the region, and Friday's gusty winds will have calmed.

Once revelers arrive in the city, "a dry but chilly St. Patrick's Day weekend can be expected for the Chicagoland area," AccuWeather Meteorologist Brett Edwards said.

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Completely dry and calm weather greeted revelers on Saturday, making for favorable conditions as crews headed out to dye the Chicago River that morning.

For the South Side Irish Parade, which kicks off at noon on Sunday, similar conditions are expected with temperatures peaking in the low 40s F.

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After snow grazes the city's southern limits and suburbs, some sunshine is expected to return by the start of the parade.

While coats and hats may still be needed, sunglasses will be useful as well. In areas of full sunshine, it may even be nice enough for restaurants and bars to provide outdoor seating options.

As the party winds down and travel out of the city begins, generally quiet weather is expected nationwide, making for a smooth ride home.

Download the free AccuWeather app to get a look ahead at the St. Patrick's Day forecast for your area.

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