"Health staff have been working (hard) for more than a year and this is just a short moment for us, so as citizens, we are trying to help; it is everyone's responsibility", said Fernando de la Fuente, 60, who helped clear the entrance to Madrid's Gregorio Maranon Hospital.
Forecasters warned of unsafe conditions in the coming days, with temperatures expected to fall to up to minus 14 Fahrenheit (10 Celsius) next week and the prospect of snow turning to ice and damaged trees falling.
While public buses were still at a standstill, the capital's metro operated 24 hours a day and was crowded, offering scenes that did not comply with the "social distancing" instructions given by the authorities to fight COVID-19.
"The delays - if there are delays - will be minimal and slight", the minister said.
Transport Minister José Luis Ábalos stated on Sunday that emergency groups had cleared two runways at Madrid's Adolfo Suárez-Barajas Worldwide Airport and, climate allowing, service would return slowly between Sunday afternoon and Monday.
However, the youth of Madrid made the most of the unprecedented amount of snow and were spotted throwing snowballs at each other in city squares.
But on Monday residents largely heeded the government's call to stay at home on Monday, with the capital's streets all but deserted and quiet, except for the sound of shovels scraping snow and ice.
In Madrid and the badly strike bordering location, home to 6.6 million folks, thermometers plummeted up to minus 16C overnight, although a sunny day gave respite to people today seeking to get to operate and crews cleaning up ice and particles from streets.
MADRID, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Schools in Madrid were shut, some supermarkets ran out of fresh produce and few cars except emergency service vehicles were on the city streets on Monday after a huge snow storm hit the Spanish capital and several regions over the weekend.
Educational institutions remained closed in Madrid and significantly of central Spain, with crisis and military crews even now performing to reopen roads, take away fallen trees, re-build energy strains, as nicely as ensuring the distribution of food items and coronavirus vaccine.
Mercamadrid, the city's main wholesale food market, said convoys of trucks which had been stranded in the snow since Friday had started arriving and that it was preparing to resume activity from Monday night.
It is expected to receive another 3,500 tonnes of salt in the coming days from eastern Spain.
Rail links were slowly re-established, with the first the departure on Monday afternoon of the first high-speed train between Madrid and Barcelona since the storm hit.