However, in an update, issued shortly after 7pm this Thursday, Met Éireann extended the status red weather alert by a further three hours.
The Government has lifted the advice for people to stay indoors - however they should still use their own judgment as to when is safe to go out.
Taoiseach Leo Varadkar urged people to stay safe.
Highest temperatures today will be between -1 and 3C.
Gardaí have advised motorists to take caution when travelling.
The snow will continue overnight; but, it will become lighter and the northeasterly winds will ease back.
"Situation is being reviewed continuously and warning levels will be updated on the basis of meteorological information".
The more significant concerns on farms relate to the provision of water, shelter and feed to livestock - whether housed or being out-wintered.
Met Eireann has said that there is a risk of localised flooding. Highest temperatures of 4 to 7 degrees, but a few degrees lower on high ground. But over south Leinster and south Munster, the snow will turn to sleet and then rain later this morning.
Snow one metre deep is forecast for parts of the Republic in the worst winter storms in more than three decades.