A number of routes which had been closed by severe winter weather over the past few weeks reopened today.
The breakthrough came as forecasters were predicting an improved picture for the north-east after snow, sleet, ice, wind and rain caused havoc across the region.
The B974 Banchory to Fettercairn, or Cairn O’Mount, road re-opened after being affected by drifting snow for weeks.
The B976 Crathie to Gairnshiel, the A939 Ballater to Corgarff and the B9002 Lumsden to Cabrach road, between the A97 and A941, were also back in action.
Temperatures are expected to remain above freezing for most of the weekend, with highs of 7C forecast for the Aberdeen area tomorrow and Sunday.
However parts of Aberdeenshire will remain cold.
Braemar, which still has lying snow, can expect a high of 4C on Sunday but will drop to -2C tonight and tomorrow night.
The Met Office said Grampian region would experience “bright, sunny spells” with most sun to be had in Deeside tomorrow.
Gusts will affect the Buchan coast with rain expected in northern Aberdeenshire, but elsewhere the dry weather will last into tomorrow and Monday.