Page last updated at 10:55 GMT, Friday, 13 February 2009

End of UK's big freeze in sight

A snowman in Brighton, 02.02.2009
Snowman-building is off the agenda this weekend in Britain

Milder weather is arriving in time for the weekend, promising an end to nearly two weeks of travel disruption and school closures seen in most of the UK.

At 1000 GMT, the Met Office removed its severe weather warning of icy roads in Scotland and eastern England. A number of flood warnings remain in place.

Many areas have battled since early February against some of the worst snowfalls for nearly 20 years.

Temperatures are expected to hit double figures early next week.

Motorists appeared to heed the warnings, however, with no major accidents reported.

Wales, south-west England, western Scotland and Northern Ireland are expected to see some rain later on Friday, but no sleet or snow is forecast.

Elsewhere, it will be a dry day with some sunny spells.

Weather map, Friday 0900 GMT

Although there is the chance of sleet across Scotland on Saturday, between Sunday and Tuesday most regions should expect mainly dry, often cloudy weather, but with some sunny spells occurring.

Meanwhile, the man who died when his car skidded on an icy main road during a spate of accidents in Gloucestershire on Wednesday has been named as 51-year-old Rob Wilson, a factory worker from Pontypridd.

Mr Wilson, who worked at a factory in Lydney, Gloucs, was driving to work early on Wednesday morning when his Audi car went off the A48 at Woolaston and hit a water tower.

Northamptonshire County Council, one of the worst-hit areas during the past fortnight, has said it plans to lobby the government for extra funding for road repairs caused by last week's bad weather.

Police in the same county reported three cars had been stolen this week after motorists left their cars with the engines running to defrost their windows.

During the worst of this week's rain, the Environment Agency issued about 300 flood alerts. By Friday, just 22 warnings remained in place, mainly in southern England.

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