Snow in European Cities: Rome Now, London Next

February 3, 2012; 12:48 PM ET
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<a href="http://www.facebook.com/AccuWeather">AccuWeather.com Facebook</a> fan Ale M. captured this snowy scene in Cesena, in northeastern Italy. Submitted Friday morning, Feb. 3, 2012.

Frigid air gripping Europe has set the stage for rare snowfall in Rome. One of the major European cities up next to see snow is London.

Snow began mixing with rain in Rome during the early morning hours of Friday. Steadier snow followed during the midday and afternoon hours, especially across northern areas.

The heavy rate of the snowfall held visibility at or below a half of a mile throughout much of the afternoon hours at the Urbe Airport on the city's northeastern side.

Snow is definitely rare in Rome, where afternoon high temperatures typically warm to 53 degrees (F, 12 degrees C) this time of year.

The snow will continue to whiten the city into Friday night, which is delightful news to children and those young at heart. Motorists, however, face more treacherous travel.

As the snowstorm impacting Rome shifts into more of southeastern Europe at the start of the weekend, another snowmaker will begin its trek through the United Kingdom.

Enough cold will be in place for snow to return to London for the first time since December 2010.

Up to a few inches are expected Saturday night, creating hazards for motorists.

Raw Video courtesy of the Associated Press.

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