THE SHELTER INDOORS advice issued yesterday in preparation for Storm Emma has been lifted.
However, a red weather warning for Munster, Leinster and Galway remains in place until 6 pm.
@MetEireann has updated weather warnings, blizzard conditions have now passed, the advice to stay indoors is withdrawn. Public are advised to exercise great caution as conditions vary nationwide with accumulated snow and ice.Take local conditions into account when going out.
— Department of Housing, Planning & Local Government (@HousingPress) March 2, 2018
The public have been commended for abiding by the warning as blizzard conditions swept the country last night, with the worst of the weather hitting the eastern counties of Waterford, Kildare, Dublin, Wexford and Wicklow.
Schools and colleges across the country will remain closed for a second day, and commuters are also facing further disruptions.
Dublin Bus, Irish Rail, Dart and Luas trams are cancelled until Saturday.
Bus Éireann will not operate in Leinster or Munster today - but may run some services in lesser affected areas of the west and north-west.
— Met Éireann (@MetEireann) March 2, 2018
A statement from the National Emergency Coordination Group said that while the advice had been lifted, people should still take care.
“The blizzard conditions have passed and the public safety advice to shelter indoors is withdrawn.
“Conditions are and will remain very difficult and the public are advised continue to exercise high levels of caution for their own safety in the extreme cold, accumulated snow and icy conditions underfoot.
“There are variations in storm impact across the country and people need to take account of circumstances locally before deciding to venture outdoors or undertake journeys.
“In particular, it will take some time to get roads open again and people should listen for local updates on road conditions.”
Several people were rescued from their cars in the last 24 hours after becoming trapped during the storm.
People had been advised to remain indoors from 4 pm yesterday, where possible.
The weather is still expected to be incredibly cold with high winds.
Aer Lingus and Ryanair will not have any flights from Dublin until Saturday morning, while Shannon, Cork and Knock airports have been completely closed.
So this is what a ‘Red Alert for heavy snowfall’ actually looks like @DublinAirport. We’ll have further updates in the morning. Stay safe. #StormEmma #BeastFromTheEast #Snow pic.twitter.com/ENajr7xaFX
— Dublin Airport (@DublinAirport) March 2, 2018