North India is shivering as the region sees a wet spell and snowfall, with rains bringing a respite from fog and pollution in many places. The cold wave conditions intensified across North India on Tuesday, with many areas in the region even seeing hailstorm.
The national capital witnessed heavy rainfall and hailstorm during rush hours on Tuesday morning. The city was engulfed in darkness till even 9 am. According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), the city will continue to see spell of dark clouds and heavy rain till late afternoon and, light rain for the next three-four days. The minimum temperature on Tuesday is expected to touch 11° Celsius.
While plains were lashed by incessant rains, parts of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir received a fresh spell of snow due to Western Disturbances leading to a sudden dip in temperatures.
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Heavy rain and snowfall are likely in Shimla, Mandi, Kullu, Kinnaur, Chamba, Kangra, Lahaul and Spiti district in the next three days.
Several high altitude areas in Jammu and Kashmir experienced heavy snowfall. This led to the closure of Jammu-Srinagar National Highway – the only all-weather road linking Kashmir with the rest of the country.