Photos: 1st snowfall of year coats parts of UK

By Kristina Pydynowski, AccuWeather senior meteorologist
January 17, 2019, 10:03:07 AM EST

The arrival of colder air set the stage for parts of the United Kingdom to receive their first snowfall of the year late this week.

After a mild weekend and first half of the week, colder air swept across the U.K. from Wednesday into Thursday.

Wednesday marked the fifth consecutive day of temperatures rising to near or above 10 degrees Celsius (50 degrees Fahrenheit) at London Heathrow. On Thursday, temperatures struggled to climb to 4 C (40 F).

Along the eastern coast of the U.K., enough cold air was present for snow showers to stream in from the North Sea. The heaviest snow showers coated communities such as Aberdeen and Newcastle upon Tyne.

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Snow coated Woodstone Village, which is located close to Chester-le-Street in County Durham, England, on 17 January 2019.

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This snowy scene was captured in the west end of Newcastle upon Tyne, England, on 17 January 2019.

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Snow coated Newcastle upon Tyne on 17 January 2019.

The snow showers will diminish by Thursday night. Residents should remain alert for icy spots as temperatures dip below freezing and any wet or slushy untreated surfaces become slippery.

For the rest of this week, the potential for snow will shift back to the northern and western U.K.

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A new storm sweeping in from the Atlantic may bring snow and a minor settling on the hills of Northern Ireland during the early morning hours of Friday. This snow is expected to sweep to the higher terrain of Wales, northern England and Scotland on Friday and Friday night.

"Snow can fall all the way down to the lower elevations of Scotland, including Glasgow and Edinburgh," said AccuWeather Senior Meteorologist Eric Leister.

If the snow comes down hard enough in a few of these locations, it can coat non-paved surfaces and turn roads slushy for a time, Leister added.

It is not out of the question for a few wet snowflakes to be seen in the lowlands of northern England, but the snow settling here is not anticipated.

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"Greater London is expected to remain dry on Friday into the evening commute," Leister said. Rain showers will sweep across the area during the overnight hours.

Chilly and unsettled weather can persist across the U.K. this weekend.

Showery spells may be numerous in southern areas on Saturday. Any snow to start the weekend will be confined to the highest hills of Wales.

Showers are expected to focus on northern and western parts of the U.K. on Sunday with snow in the northern hills.

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