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MIDLANDS BIG FREEZE SET TO END, SAY WEATHERMEN.

Byline: JASBIR AUTHI

FREEZING weather gripped the Midlands yesterday - but weathermen said the icy blast could end soon.

Forecasters have predicted a cool, dry, sunny week with temperatures ranging from zero to eight degrees in the West Midlands.

Dean Snowden, from the Birmingham Met office, said: 'The worst of the weather will be over by Sunday morning but it's not going to be particularly warm.

'There will be some ice around on the roads in the mornings so motorists will still need to be careful. We are experiencing a cold snap which is pretty usual as we pass from winter to spring.'

The freezing conditions have caused traffic misery for motorists in the last few days and dozens of schools closed.

Meanwhile, County Durham police are continuing their investigations after the body of a nurse was found in a field by a dog walker just 500 yards from her flat.

Police fear that Shelley Whitfield, 21, may have been overcome by the snow.
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Mar 6, 2005
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