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Flood warnings have been issued across much of the UK as ice starts to melt and forecasters warn of heavy rain sweeping across the country

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South and east Wales, southern England and the Midlands will see the worst of further flurries

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Snow, snow and more snow.  The latest weather forecasts predict the temperature in Britain won't rise much about 0 for the next week, making this the coldest winter the country has seen for some time. But as cold as the winter of 2013 is turning out, it's a beach holiday in the Bahamas compared to the British winters of yesteryear.

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Respite after snowfall but drivers are warned to proceed with caution in icy conditions

Much of the UK will escape further snow today, 24 hours after widespread snowfall caused travel problems for motorists and rail users.

Milkmen and postmen asked to help elderly during cold snap

Public-spirited postmen and milkmen were asked today to help keep an eye on the elderly and vulnerable during the cold snap.

First wintry weather of 2013 set to hit this weekend

Forecasters warn of a a meteorological  “battleground”

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