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After a very cold spell with ice and significant snow for many parts of the UK, the end is most definitely in sight.

Cold air sitting across the UK will be shoved away by milder Atlantic air coming in from the west throughout the weekend. But before the milder air reaches all of us we’ll get a one last spell of snowy weather.

During Friday afternoon, as this milder, moister Atlantic air advances eastward and slams into the cold air we’ll get some significant snow falling across a good part of Scotland, northern England and the Midlands – Met Office amber warnings are in force which advise you to ‘be prepared’ for disruption.

Across Northern Ireland, most of Wales and southern England the milder air will win out so we’re more likely to see some rain here which could in fact cause some localised flooding.

The snow will clear away on Saturday morning and while there’ll still be some lying snow around, the thaw will start as the milder conditions really set in.  Through Saturday night and into Sunday we’ll get some very wet and windy weather spreading from west to east across the UK and it’ll be the first night in a long time when overnight temperatures will stay above freezing for the majority.

The ground is still very saturated following the heavy rain and flooding we had in December.  With a combination of heavy rain and snow melt, localised flooding is a concern as we end the weekend and head into next week.

So we might well be going from the big freeze to the big thaw this weekend, but I’ll be kept busy next week with strong winds, heavy rain at times and the risk of floods.  As always, I’ll keep you up to date on all of that throughout the week on 5 live.

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  • Comment number 7. Posted by Jackstumps

    on 1 Feb 2013 07:02

    Tried to listen to Mark Chapman and follow guests / correspomdents last evening on the transfer deadline day developments. Quite apparent that fellow guests were becoming exasperated by inane twitterings of Robbie Savage who had abslolutely nothing to contribute yet insited on constantly interrupting.

    Come on Five Live - you really must do away with him - it's getting embarrassing.

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  • Comment number 6. Posted by carrie

    on 31 Jan 2013 17:33

    Come on zelda! This is Radio 5 Live!!! You are not allowed to rate comments any more than say what you think. Watch out, there are still mods about.............

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  • Comment number 5. Posted by zelda

    on 31 Jan 2013 17:05

    How can we rate the comments on here?? Nothing works.

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  • Comment number 4. Posted by what

    on 31 Jan 2013 14:37

    Yep, Rajars out, and the quarter on quarter, year on year drop in listeners is so predictable as to barely merit a mention of the station in the media.

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  • Comment number 3. Posted by carrie

    on 31 Jan 2013 10:31

    Rajars are out - listeners down again.

    These blogs are a waste of space - every other station has loads of listener contact, but this one, supposed to be the most interactive and accessible, providing it is what they want to discuss, lacks any reach out to the loyal audience.

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  • Comment number 2. Posted by zelda

    on 30 Jan 2013 20:09

    Crikey,,, thess blogs are going really well.

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  • Comment number 1. Posted by carrie

    on 25 Jan 2013 16:43

    I think Simon could do a really good frequent blog - on the weather page.

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