Update – 12.50pm: Transdev have issued an update on the Luas service in Dublin.

They say the Luas Green Line service between Sandyford and Broombridge is operating in both directions, but there is no service between Sandyford and Brides Glen.

The Luas Red Line is operating from Red Cow to The Point, but there is no service from Red Cow to Tallaght, nor from Red Cow to Saggart.

They say the frequency of their trams is between 20 and 30 minutes.

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Meanwhile, homeless shelters have been inundated with people seeking accommodation during the cold snap.

On Saturday night the Peter McVerry Trust had 121 beds allocated in their extreme cold weather facility.

The Housing First Street Intake team observed 14 people sleeping rough in Dublin City Centre last night, three of whom took up the offer of emergency accommodation.

In Kildare, four people sleeping rough in Newbridge accepted an offer of emergency accommodation.

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National Weather Warnings updated by Met Eireann.
Yellow and Orange warnings extended until Monday 12pm.
Latest details here:http://bit.ly/1kqplkf 

Update – 12.03pm: The Status Orange Snow-ice warning has been extended for Leinster, Cavan, Monaghan, Cork, Tipperary and Waterford.

Forecasters predict widespread lying snow and ice will continue to lead to hazardous conditions.

Also, a Status Yellow Snow-ice Warning has been extended for Connacht, Donegal, Clare, Kerry and Limerick.

Both warnings are in operation until midday tomorrow.

Most public transport services are returning to a normal schedule today.

Anyone travelling is advised to check with their service provider for the latest updates.

Bus Eireann says the majority of their services have resumed but some delays are expected on certain routes.

Irish Rail is operating most routes with the exception of a small number which are expected to return tomorrow.

The Luas Green Line will operate a limited service while the Red Line is operating from the Red Cow to The Point.

Dublin Bus services have resumed with some minor disruptions to schedules.

Essential works are being carried out by Irish Water across the country this morning.

They are urging people to conserve supplies where possible, with Waterford and Cork worst affected.

Courtmacsherry, West Cork in a blanket of snow. Pic: Martin Walsh

9.53am: Storm Emma: Big thaw leads to risk of flooding in some areas, Most Bus Eireann and Luas services resume

The Government is hopeful the country will be back to normal by tomorrow, following days of disruption due to heavy snow and ice.

There is still a Status Orange Snow-ice warning for Munster, Leinster, Cavan and Monaghan until midday, and a Status Yellow Snow-ice warning remains in place for Connacht and Donegal also.

Met Éireann has warned that widespread lying snow and ice continuing to lead to hazardous conditions.

The forecaster has warned that the melting snow could lead to some to localized water flooding –“especially in the smaller mountainous catchments and in urban areas.”

The National Emergency Coordination Group has warned that the thaw could lead to localized surface water ponding where drains and gulleys are blocked.

Members of the public are asked to be on the lookout for accumulations of meltwater which could lead to flooding.

The main road network has reopened, but drivers have been warned to exercise caution and “drive at speeds appropriate to the conditions”.

Urban drivers are particularly are asked to travel at low speeds and watch for cyclists and pedestrians who may be on the road due to obstruction of footpaths.

The group said that Principal Response Agencies are still in full crisis management mode in some of the worst affected areas, adding that “it is still going to take some days for conditions to improve.”

Bus Éireann have said the majority of their services are returning to normal this morning, albeit some with delays and curtailments.

    Bus Éireann service update:

  • Main regional routes into the east – including those serving hospitals, colleges and Dublin Airport and city services – have started.
  • Expressway intercity services are operating with some delays;
  • Northwest and west All services are operating, including Donegal and Sligo town services, subject to road conditions. Athlone services are also running;
  • Limerick and Kerry City, rural and commuter services are operating.
  • Waterford and Wexford A phased resumption of services today;
  • Cork The majority of services are operating;
  • Northeast and east Town services – including those Drogheda and Dundalk – are operating;
  • Eurolines Services to the UK are scheduled to operate depending on ferry services departing.

Dublin Bus say that the vast majority of routes are operating across their network.

This includes their DoDublin Sightseeing Tours.

    LUAS service update

  • The Green Line will operate from 11am the following service:
  • Sandyford to Parnell to Sandyford;
  • Sandyford to Brides Glen will not open;
  • O’ Connell Upper to Broombridge will not open;
  • Tram frequency is every 30 minutes;
  • Closed sections of Red and Green Lines will be phased in following inspection of tracks and platforms;
  • All Luas Park and Rides are closed;
  • The Red Line is operating from the Red Cow to The Point. There is no service from Red Cow to Tallaght, Red Cow to Saggart.

7.09am: Storm Emma: ESB crews working to restore power, Luas Green Line out of action

Repair works are underway to return power to thousands of customers.

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Apologies to our customers without power. Our crews are continuing to work this morning to repair damage from and restore power to the remaining homes, farms and businesses. Estimated restoration times are on http://powercheck.ie .

Wexford remains the worst affected, accounting for up to 90% of the homes, farms and businesses still waiting for service to be restored. There are around 6,000 premises waiting for their power to come back there.

The ESB’s Conor Healy says they are making progress and they also have a safety message as the thaw continues.

He said: “The improving weather conditions will mean people start to go out and some of those people may come across either fallen or low-hanging electricity wires.

“We would appeal to people not to approach those wires and to report them to ESB Networks at our emergency number 1850-372-999.”

Water supply is under pressure in some areas because of increased demand, with Irish Water urging people to turn off their taps to conserve it.

Teams will be working to restore the supply today.

A carpet of snow covering the railway station in Carrigtwohill, Co Cork. Pic: David Keane

Some of the country’s roads remain impassable but routes should improve as the snow thaws.

Met Eireann forecaster Vincent O’Shea said: “The good news, if you don’t like snow, is that the snow is going to melt today, there is already a thaw underway.

“Now it will take some time before all the snow is cleared from all places, but the main thoroughfares and roads should improve dramatically today and they should be cleared of ice and lying snow.”

Mostly cloudy today with scattered outbreaks of rain. The rain will be persistent at times – esp near E & S coasts, & may be of sleet over high ground. Highs of 3 to 6 degrees. Lying snow & ice will continue to melt resulting in localised surface water flooding. Moderate NE winds

Meanwhile, Irish Rail hopes to resume a full service on a vast majority of routes today.

The company says staff have worked flat out in extremely difficult conditions to clear lines and points from snow.

Spokesperson Barry Kenny says they are also grateful to customers for their patience while services were delayed.

Mr Kenny said: “We think that apart from Connolly to Rosslare which we hope to open in the afternoon and some regional branch lines, that we will have trains on all our routes.

“We would urge our customers to check our twitter @IrishRail or our website http://www.irishrail.ie for the latest information before travelling.”

The majority of Bus Éireann services are operating with some cancellations in the east.

Dublin Bus services are operating today, but there is still disruption to a number of services while the Luas is operating on the Red Line from the Point to Red Cow.

Maintenance teams are working flat out to clear snow from Luas tracks and platforms across Dublin.

Operators, Transdev, say there is still up to 5ft of snow on the Green Line at stops south of St Stephens Green and it will be mid-morning before service resumes.

A precise time will be announced following an early-morning inspection.

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