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Flooding risk as cold spell ends
Britain faces the risk of flooding as the recent spell of snow and cold weather comes to an end this weekend.
More snow is forecast to fall in the north on Friday evening and into Saturday before milder air comes in and lifts temperatures to a high of around 10C (50F) on Sunday, according to Meteogroup, the weather division of the Press Association.
Rain crossing the south west on Friday, coupled with melting snow could potentially cause minor localised flooding in the area, the Environment Agency said.
The milder weather will continue into next week, bringing wet weather and a risk of further flooding to other parts of the UK.
It brought advice from the Environment Agency that people should keep building snowmen, as the compacted structures stay cold for longer and could help regulate the flow of water.
Roy Stokes, from the Agency, was reported as saying: "Ideally, if everybody built themselves a snowman that will slow the thaw down a bit.
"If you notice, when people clear their drive the snow thaws away but the compacted piles stay which will give a balanced thaw, which would be helpful."
A spokeswoman later said that building a snowman would have a limited impact on the rate of thawing.
"When snow is compacted, as it is when you build a snowman or drive over it in a car park for example, it melts at a slower rate," she said.
"But while building snowmen is great fun, sadly it is unlikely to make a significant difference to the overall rate at which the snow melts across the country and won't protect your home from flooding."