Cold wave continue in North India; Heavy rain, snowfall in J&K, Himachal

Cold wave continue in North India; Heavy rain, snowfall in J&K, Himachal

Heavy rain lashed on Monday morning in the plains of Jammu thus ending month long dry spell while fresh snowfall was also reported on higher reaches in mountainous districts of the region. The city received 4.3mm of rainfall during the night, MeT officials said.

In Himachal Pradesh, the minimum temperature in Keylong was minus 2 degrees Celsius while in Kalpa it was zero degree Celsius. The met office said the lowest minimum temperature of 5 degrees Celsius was recorded at Sri Ganganagar. However, the maximum temperature, at 24.2 degrees Celsius, was one degree above normal.

Higher reaches in the Doodhpathri and Gurez areas, including in Peer ki Gali, received fresh snowfall.

The state is likely to witness widespread rains on Tuesday as well, said MeT officials, adding that it will be scattered on Wednesday and Thursday.

Rainfall across the northern India is bringing down the mercury.

The officials said Gulmarg was the only place in the Kashmir Valley where the night temperatures decreased on Sunday night and settled below the freezing point.

The snowfall also disrupted traffic movement on the historic Mughal Road and the Bandipora-Gurez road, mainly due to the heavy snowfall on Razdan Top and in the Gurez Valley, which began falling since late Monday night.

Western disturbances over North Pakistan and adjoining Jammu and Kashmir are changing the weather conditions in Rajasthan.

"No vehicle was allowed to move on the road from either side this morning".

An official spokesman said the Srinagar Jammu highway is up and running.

Katra, the base camp for the pilgrims visiting the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine in Reasi district, recorded a low of 11 degrees Celsius.

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