Winter arrives early in W.Europe

Snow in Aberdeen, Scotland, 25 Nov 10

Britain shivered in sub-zero temperatures Thursday as snow fell unseasonably early, with more wintry weather on the way.

Up to 10 cm of snow fell in northern Scotland and northeast England, the earliest major snowfall in 17 years and snow also fell in Northern Ireland and Wales.

The cold spell is forecast to stretch into next week, with temperatures dropping to as low as -5C, much lower than usual for November.

Meantime, traffic near Cologne, Germany was crawling during rush hour on Friday, as motorists cleared paths of snow.

German forecasters warned of more heavy snowfall and ice over the weekend, with up to 10 centimetres expected to fall in twelve hours.

Temperatures throughout the country ranged from 0 C in the south and west to -7 C in higher areas of central Germany.

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