Mercury maintained its upward trend in large swathes of north India, including Delhi, on Wednesday even as hailstorm lashed Shimla and other parts of Himachal Pradesh and intermittent rains continued in Kashmir Valley.
Intermittent rains continued in Kashmir for the second day on Tuesday even as the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg experienced fresh snowfall, with the MeT department saying that the prevailing western disturbance would continue to affect the state till February 24.
After three days of restrictions, normal life resumed in Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir Valley Thursday but Palhallan area of Baramulla district observed shutdown against the killing of a local youth in police firing on Monday.
Rains lashed Kashmir Valley on Wednesday after three days of intermittent snowfall even as the minimum temperatures went down at all places except the summer capital Srinagar with the MeT department predicting mainly dry weather in the coming days.
Freezing winds, fog and rains threw normal life out of gear in plains of North India on Thursday while Kashmir Valley and higher parts of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh witnessed fresh snowfall, setting tone for more wintry conditions.
Living as "refugees in their own country" for past quarter of a century, displaced Kashmiri Pandits say the biggest hurdle in their return to their roots in the Valley and rehabilitation was concerns for their safety and security.
Commemorating 25 years of their migration, a group of Kashmiri Pandits staged a symbolic protest here Monday, urging the central and state governments to issue a white paper roadmapping their return to the Kashmir valley.
It has been 25 years since the Kashmiri Pandits fled from the Valley following outbreak of militancy, but the memories of the terror they faced and the pain of leaving everything they owned is still afresh.