North India shiver under biting cold

Feb 8

Snowfall and rain occurred in several areas of north India including Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, bringing down mercury yesterday.
Shimla and its surrounding areas experienced the first heavy snowfall of the season while tribal areas and other hills in Himachal Pradesh recorded continuous heavy snowfall. The state capital was lashed by strong winds accompanied by showers yesterday morning and heavy snowfall started in the town as the day advanced. Shimla town received 18 cm of snow while Kufri, Fagu, Narkanda, Kharapatthar Chopal, Haripurdhar and Nauradhar received 20 cm to 35 cm of snow. The maximum temperature which had soared during past few days, plummeted and dropped by six to ten degree Celsius. The Hindustan-Tibet National Highway was blocked beyond Shimla due to snow.
In Uttarrakhand, higher reaches including Badrinath, Kedarnath and Gangotri experienced snowfall while rain lashed Dehradun and other areas.
Meanwhile, a few areas in the higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir received light snowfall even as there was improvement in night temperature across the Valley and Ladakh region. Light snowfall and rain were experienced in a few areas along the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway. The areas near Jawahar Tunnel and Patnitop received fresh intermittent light snowfall and rain.
Drizzle in some parts of the national capital yesterday morning led to a marginal fall in day temperature, making the conditions pleasant for Delhiites. Maximum temperature was 22.2 degrees Celsius, a notch below normal for this time of the year, while
the minimum settled four points above normal at 13 degrees.

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