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The first snow of the winter fell overnight in parts of the UK.

Brighton, Dorset and Kent were among the areas to have received a dusting of the white stuff after a cold blast arrived from the continent, which was forecast to bring an end to the mild November Britons had been experiencing.

Snow has also fallen in northern England, including North Yorkshire where it was particularly heavy, as well as on Exmoor in the South West, the Midlands and Wales.

The Met Office issued a warning to motorists heading to work earlier on Wednesday morning, notably on the Pennines between Lancashire and Yorkshire, with icy roads making for treacherous driving conditions.

Treacherous conditions on the Snake Pass on the Pennines. Pic: Met Office
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Treacherous conditions on the Snake Pass on the Pennines. Pic: Met Office

Gritters were deployed in Kent, where the snow fell most heavily in northern and western areas, as well as Derbyshire.

Temperatures across the country have been much chillier so far this week, plummeting to as low as 2C (36F) in London on Tuesday, with conditions set to remain much the same in the coming days.

Clear skies are forecast for Wednesday evening, but there will be a widespread frost across the UK and more chilly weather for the weekend.

The first snow of the season for the UK came just a day after it made its debut in Germany, where it poured down in southern and eastern regions.

Germany - including the Olympic Park in Munich - has also seen its first snow of the season in recent days
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Germany – including the Olympic Park in Munich – has also seen its first snow of the season in recent days

Across the Atlantic, New York has also seen its first snowfall this winter in recent days – and the city is set to endure sub-zero temperatures on Thanksgiving morning on Thursday.

Reports say Central Park could see its lowest Thanksgiving Day temperature since 1901, when it got down to a bitterly cold -7C (19F).

One corner of the world missing out on snow is – believe it or not – Lapland.

It may be the traditional home of Father Christmas himself, but the thousands of British tourists who make the trip each festive season have been warned the white stuff will be absent until 14 December.

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