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PHOTOS: Cold weather to continue after snow whitens the United Kingdom

Snow will continue to make an appearance across the United Kingdom into Friday with cold dominating into early next week.

A storm system tracking from the British Isles to the North Sea allowed snow to whiten the north of England on Thursday.

Wintry showers will impact additional areas of the United Kingdom on Friday.

"Most of the activity will be across northern and western parts of the United Kingdom on Friday," AccuWeather Meteorologist Rob Richards said. This includes in the Scottish Highlands, Wales and far western parts of England.

Substantial snow accumulations are not expected. However, Richards expects there to be a coating to 2 cm (an inch) in the heavier bursts of snow.

In the Scottish Highlands, up to 5 cm (2 inches) cannot be ruled out.

The wintry showers will bypass both London and Oxford. However, the coldest air so far this season will hold firm in these cities and across all of the British Isles on Friday and during the weekend.

Temperatures will be held slightly below normal daily before dropping below freezing at night. Only places at the immediate coast will not experience air frost.

The cold at night will have people bundling up before heading outdoors and will cause standing water in flood-ravaged areas to freeze and turn icy.

In preparation for the temperature drop, Network Rail has pledged to work around the clock to prevent unnecessary travel delays.

"We'll also be running our fleet of anti-icing trains and working closely with train operators to run empty passenger trains throughout the night to prevent ice forming on tracks and live power rails," a Network Rail spokesperson said.

High pressure building overhead will keep most of the British Isles dry this weekend, according to Richards. "There will be scattered wintry showers along the east coast on Saturday."

Wintry showers may also graze northern Scotland to start the weekend.

While this week has been dominated by the colder air, a change in the weather pattern will allow the chill to ease next week.

"Later next week, the United Kingdom will get into a more active weather pattern and it will become milder," Richards said.