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"The only viable way to secure the future."

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Unions recommend Tata steel workers accept the pension deal on offer.

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A call for a ban on selling flavours like bubble gum and candyfloss

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for e-cigarettes that could appeal to children.

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And his job was to protect the rights of patients in Wales -

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now questions over why Tony Rucinski was suspended.

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Unions at Tata Steel have recommended that workers

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at its plants in Wales accept the company's pension deal.

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Up until now, the three unions had said the decision was a personal one

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But tonight, they admitted it was the "only credible and viable

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A ballot on the offer is expected to go ahead on Monday.

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After continued uncertainty and disagreement unions have changed

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their position on a deal which could secure the future of Tata steel

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Following meetings with Tata all three unions recommend to

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their members they should accept the deal which would mean

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In a joint letter to steelworkers unions say they don't

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take this decision lightly, and that the offer isn't

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They say while they understand the concerns around the pension scheme

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it is their view, supported by independent experts, that this is

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now the only credible and viable way forward to secure the future.

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The unions previously said they would

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leave the decision to Tata's 6000 steelworkers, but there was

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significant unhappiness about the proposal.

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The BBC understands there has since been clarification

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Tata did put a deal on the table to give reassurances

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about their future commitment but it was asking a lot

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of people close to retirement, workers in their 50s who would have

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taken a big hit had this deal gone through.

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I've been pushing, as have others, for Tata to listen to the feedback.

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Workers still have a choice to ignore the advice of the union

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representatives and reject the offer.

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One former steelworker says it's never going to be an easy decision.

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When they first started in the works,

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they understood, that is what the pension scheme would be.

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To move the goalposts after they've worked there,

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that's what makes it difficult.

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It's not only the steel industry, but other companies.

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It's a difficult decision to move the

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You knew what your future pension was going to be,

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Ballot papers will be posted to workers on Monday

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Public health officials have called for a ban on the sale of flavours

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for e-cigarettes that could appeal to children.

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They say flavours like bubble gum and candyfloss are an attempt

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to encourage young people to start vaping.

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They also want tighter controls over advertising,

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a register of retailers selling e-cigarettes, and restrictions

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Starting the advice young, not to smoke.

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It's hoped these 12 and 13 year olds from Hawthorn High School

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in Rhondda Cynon Taff will then be peer advocates and spread

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the message about the health dangers of smoking.

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But Public Health Wales, who are running these sessions,

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are now toughening up their message about e-cigarettes too.

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The concern is they're currently seen as safe,

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could re-normalise smoking, or could even be a gateway

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for young people and children to start smoking tobacco.

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Younger kids want to buy them because they are more attractive.

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When I walk past in my local town I see them in cool shapes

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I think they are aimed at young people.

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Public Health Wales say the nicotine in e-cigarettes is damaging

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to the adolescent brain, so a no-go for children

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But for those struggling to give up traditional cigarettes,

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a 100% switch to vaping would be less harmful.

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We wouldn't want to see advertising of electronic cigarettes

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or the production of confectionery-like flavours.

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You can buy bubble gum, candy floss, jam doughnut flavour,

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they are only aimed at one audience, and that about recruiting

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Celtic Vapours in Llansamlet have spent around ?150,000 having

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30 flavours tested for things like emissions and toxicology to

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They argue that e-cigarettes can have a huge role to play

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in helping people quit smoking, but the rules are currently

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so strict, they're unable to market their products at all.

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I'd like to be able to market it as the product it is.

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That's how we should be able to market ourselves.

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We are not nicotine replacement therapy, we are not smoking,

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we are an alternative to both and should be able to

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They attract a broad range of customers at

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their six stores across south Wales, with the traditional tobacco

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and menthol flavours by far their best sellers.

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I was spending about ?200 a month on cigarettes,

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so the costs and the health implications as well.

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I've been using it for around six months, I've never smoked,

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With a cigarette you know what you're going to get,

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With this you can have a different flavour every time you fill up.

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The market for e-cigarettes, like the devices themselves, has

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And research into the health benefits and harms continues.

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A man from Swansea has appeared before Westminster Magistrates

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26-year-old Lee Edward Griffiths is accused of having

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bomb-making manuals, and instructions on

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He's charged with five counts of possessing information which may

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be useful to someone who commits, or prepares acts of terrorism.

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He was remanded in custody to appear at the Old Bailey next month.

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More inmates killed themselves in Parc Prison in Bridgend

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and Swansea Prison between 2015 and 16 than in any other year

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There was a record number of suicides in prisons in England

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The UK Government says they're investing ?100 million

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into the prisons estate and hiring 2500 more officers.

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One of the last major army units based in Wrexham will move

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The Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers Battalion

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at Hightown Barracks is being relocated.

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The Army says it'll help staff transfer to alternative

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But a campaign has been launched following concerns about how

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We are its family, they are our family.

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And it's like losing something from...

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It's been depleted over the years, this, to me,

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Opposition parties are demanding a full explanation as to why

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the assembly was not told about the suspension of the man

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who heads the patients' watchdog - the board

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The Welsh Conservatives are accusing the Welsh Government of keeping

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assembly members in the dark about what's happened to Tony

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I'm passionate about making things happen.

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That's what I see this new job, the new chief exec has been put

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into place to make those things happen, to be a much more proactive

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That's Tony Rucinski on the eve of becoming chief executive

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of the body that describes itself as the independent

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But seven months later he was suspended.

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There was no announcement at the time, and nothing was said

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publicly on the matter in the 11 months that followed,

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by the board, the Welsh government, or Tony Rucinski.

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We still don't know the reason for his suspension.

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The leader of the Welsh Conservatives wants

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the Health Secretary to explain why AMs here weren't told the board

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It's hugely concerning that the chief executive, the most senior

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official had been suspended for 11 months and there's been nothing put

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The community health councils relied on

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The Minister hasn't acted in the best interests,

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the chair hasn't acted on the best interests

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We don't know the reason for Tony Rucinski's suspension

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but sources say there was tension between him

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I've seen e-mails that show Tony Rucinski

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raised concerns before his suspension that he was being stopped

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He suggested the chair may have been influenced by

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a meeting with a Welsh government minister.

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Mutale Merril says she doesn't believe the content

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and can't comment while due processes being followed.

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It says Tony Rucinski's suspension is an internal matter.

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11 months and there's no indication of when the problem

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at the top of the patients watchdog will be resolved.

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A film-maker inspired by migration and religious persecution has been

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announced the winner of the coveted Artes Mundi contemporary arts prize

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John Akomfrah was chosen for his "substantial body

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of outstanding work" over a number of years, including his latest video

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Born in Ghana, but now based in London, he says it's important

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to have arts prizes outside the UK capital.

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I wouldn't have done this if it was in London.

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The whole point of being at Artes Mundi is

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It started here, it's a space which says these questions are

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important for us and we all come, this isn't my first time,

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Tomorrow night we'll be catching up with Welsh boxer Lee Selby

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as he prepares to defend his IBF world featherweight title

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The 29-year-old from Barry fights Jonathan Victor Barros at the MGM

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Speaking after his first public work-out, Selby says it's been

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a dream of his to fight in the Mecca of boxing and he's fully focused

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They follow me all around the country and the UK.

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You know, they flew out to Vegas to support me.

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They come to the pinnacle of the sport, we've worked

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All we've got to do now is win on Saturday night.

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Is this cold snap going to ease at all, Derek?

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Yes, it will turn less cold in the next few days, eventually milder but

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bitterly cold today for most of us, freezing in Tredegar. Up to seven

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Celsius on Anglesey and stunning on Snowdonia, lots of blue sky and

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sunshine. Most places dry tonight, patchy cloud, freezing fog on higher

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ground, frosty in parts of the North West, stayed above freezing in

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Pembrokeshire. Tomorrow this fog will let, the odd snow grain mixed

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in but otherwise dry. It will brighten up, sunshine likely in

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parts of Gwyneth and Conway. We have a warning of icy patches for

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south-east England and East Anglia in the morning, the best sunshine in

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Scotland, elsewhere brighten places but cloud increasing, rain spreading

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into southern and western countries and temperatures will rise up to

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nine in Plymouth. Dry for a time in Wales tomorrow but cloud increasing,

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rain on the way in the afternoon, and misty and murky, part of the

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North may stay dry until evening and temperatures a few degrees higher

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than today. Tomorrow evening looks wet but that rain will clear after

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the night, leaving one to showers, then on Saturday we have some dry

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weather but showers as well, some heavy with hail and thunder possible

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and a little snow on hills and mountains. There is a threat of rain

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on Sunday but some uncertainty. It all hinges on this frontal system

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which could be further south so turning less cold over the next few

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days, milder next week but with some wind and rain on the way.

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We'll be back in Breakfast with updates from around 6:25am tomorrow.

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