Moderate rains in parts of Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan and fresh snowfall in Himachal Pradesh kept temperature subdued in North, while in Eastern India two more deaths were reported from Odisha due to ongoing heat wave.
Fresh snowfall in higher reaches and moderate showers in plains in Uttarakhand have left two highways leading to Kedarnath and Badrinath shrines in Garhwal Himalayas blocked, raising worries about timely start of the annual Char Dham pilgrimage on May two.
The high altitude areas of Kashmir including the ski resort of Gulmarg experienced fresh snowfall today, while rains lashed Srinagar and other plains ending the brief respite from intense cold which had gripped the region.
The untimely snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir claimed 17 lives and left nearly 2,000 houses damaged in Kashmir division, a high-level review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah was informed Thursday.
The picturesque tourist resort Manali experienced more snowfall on Wednesday but it was a sunny day here after two days of intermittent rain. The minimum temperature here settled at 3.8 degrees Celsius.
At least 11 people, including two Army jawans, were killed while over 100 others were evacuated to safety as the unprecedented snowfall in March triggered avalanches and damaged over 150 structures including dozens of houses in Jammu and Kashmir.
Avalanche threat loomed large over high altitude tribal areas of Himachal Pradesh as another spell of moderate to heavy snowfall lashed the higher reaches while the mid and lower hills received widespread rains.
Unseasonal heavy snowfall paralyzed life in the Kashmir Valley on Tuesday. The strategic Srinagar-Jammu highway was closed, educational institutions were shut and the state civil services exam was postponed.