People across northern India face the wrath of the dipping mercury, as temperatures dropped and the cold wave further intensified in several parts of the country.
In Himachal Pradesh, Shimla, Manali and Chail received first snowfall of the season on Sunday, while the lower reaches were drenched by widespread rain. In Shimla, Chamba, Kangra, Mandi and Sirmour districts, many interior roads have been blocked following snowfall. Heavy snowfall in the Rohtang Pass has cut off road access to the tribal district of Lahaul-Spiti.
In Uttarakhand, while the higher reaches of Garhwal and Kumaon regions received snowfall, heavy rain lashed the plains including Dehradun and Haridwar.
Badrinath, Tungnath, Rudranath, Roopkund, Hemkund Sahib and the Valley of Flowers in Chamoli district, and Chakrata and Mussorrie in Dehradun district also received their first snowfall of the season.
Dense fog also engulfed the plains of the northern region, affecting air and rail traffic.
In Delhi, the maximum temperature dropped four degrees below normal to 17.4 degrees Celsius, but the minimum was recorded four notches above normal at 12.0 degrees on Sunday. The weatherman has predicted clear skies for Monday.
Officials in the tourism industry, however, are hoping the snowfall in popular destinations such as Shimla, Manali and Dalhousie will attract tourists, especially during the Christmas vacation week.