Shoppers in Manchester today will get a festive treat when huge ice sculptures are created in the city centre.
Sculptures like these will start taking shape from 10am in Piccadilly gardens.
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There are indications that from midweek next week the weather across the NW might start to settle down. Plenty of blips though before then
Here's the weather forecast for the next few days across the NW, with Emma Jesson