Heavy snowfall was witnessed in higher reaches of Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and the Indian Occupied Kashmir Valley while the cold wave intensified in north India as the light rain brought the temperature down.
Indian media reported that in Punjab, Amritsar’s minimum settled at 10.8 degrees Celsius while Ludhiana and Patiala recorded respective minimums of 12.3 degrees Celsius and 13 degrees Celsius.
The snowfall forced closure of the Jammu-Srinagar national highway and suspension of air traffic at Srinagar airport.
In Himachal Pradesh, the connectivity in Yangthang, Pooh, Moorang, Kalpa and Sangla areas have been blocked due to snowfall. Parks, trees and vehicles were seen draped in white snow.
Likewise, popular tourist destinations Kufri, Narkanda and Kharapathar areas of Shimla district have also experienced heavy snowfall.
Kharapathar received over 30 centimeters fresh snowfall causing blockage at the Jubbal, Rohru, Mandhol and Tikkar area of the region.
Government authorities have started clearing snow from the roads to restore traffic movement as soon as possible.
The hill station of Shimla and Manali near Delhi saw the season’s first snowfall.
The temperature in Manali dipped to as low as 1.8 degree Celsius after it received more than four centimetres of snowfall.
The Meteorological Department (MeT) said moderate rainfall was also witnessed at hills overlooking Manali such as Gulaba, Solang and Kothi.
Tourist spots in the upper Shimla district as snow blocked the roads leading up to the towns.
Another popular tourist spot Dharamsala saw mercury at lower levels of 7.6 degree Celsius.
Kalpa in the Kinnaur district and Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti also experienced snowfall. The minimum temperature at these places was recorded at minus 0.9 degree Celsius and minus 3.9 degree Celsius respectively.