CITY Hall has warned against complacency as treacherous conditions remain an issue throughout Cork city.
Gardaí have already reported a number of vehicles becoming stuck in the dense snow on city streets this morning, while city officials say there are also reported of cars becoming stuck in the suburbs.
The blanket warning to stay indoors was lifted early this morning, though conditions remain challenging on Leeside. Heavy snow continues to fall persistently and, while it hasn't reached the 'blizzard-like'
conditions expected, it is likely to represent a significant issue in the city for some time to come.
Paul Moynihan, director of corporate and external affairs at Cork City Council, said the local authority is taking steps to minimise the impact but has pleaded with people to remain vigilant.
The city's crisis management team met early this morning and will continue to monitor the situation throughout the day.
They have already deployed three snow plows in the city centre, with army vehicles supporting the city effort. Gritters are out salting the city streets, with manual workers set to join them 'as soon as it is safe to do so.'
Mr Moynihan said, "Right now, we are getting a sense of the snow that was expected yesterday evening. What we need to ensure is that people don't become complacent now that the stay-indoors warning has been relaxed. That could be very dangerous and we have already had reports of some issues in the city.
"People need to stay vigilant until this extraordinary weather event has completely passed. It could take some days before conditions are fully restored to normal."
The worst of the snow had been expected to hit Cork overnight, though much of it arrived this morning. Contingency plans to reopen some city services, such as the park and ride, have now been abandoned, with services likely to remain closed until tomorrow at the earliest.
Mr Moynihan added, "We need to guard against a sense of anti-climax, almost. People expected worse yesterday but that doesn't mean the danger has been avoided. There is a volatility to this storm that wasn't predicted and that means that the danger is still there."
He paid tribute to the members of the public who have heeded warnings to date.
"Most people have stayed indoors, the deserted streets yesterday showed that but credit has to be given to people who helped avoid putting extra demands on the public services at this time," Mr Moynihan said.
Luckily, a separate threat of tidal flooding passed without issue, though a warning remains in place until Monday, with some pooling expected tomorrow morning.
Businesses are advised to remain vigilant in terms of their flood defences.