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PHOTOS: First widespread snowfall since spring blankets Scotland, Northern England

The coldest air of the season set the stage for the first widespread snowfall since spring across the United Kingdom.

"A storm tracking across southern England is responsible for the snowfall as an easterly flow to the north the storm's center kept cold air in place as precipitation arrived," AccuWeather Meteorologist Tyler Roys said.

Whilst snow did fall in some low elevation areas, higher elevation areas endured more severe impacts.

Snowfall totaled 2-8 cm (1-3 inches) across parts of northern England and Scotland with higher amounts in some locations above 300 meters (1,000 feet) in elevation.

The higher terrain from Scotland through northern England and the Midlands had the longest duration and most widespread snowfall.

The cold air will slowly release its grip on the U.K. the next several days. Temperatures will return to normal levels by this weekend as a new storm system arrives from the Atlantic.

Milder air arriving ahead of this storm will result in rain from Friday afternoon through Saturday.

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