The weatherman warned of rain and hailstorm in many parts of Madhya Pradesh in the next 48 hours and said the harshest period of winter will set in once the weather clears by early next week.
Temperatures plunged across the state since Friday evening as rains lashed large parts of the state though the skies remained clear on Saturday
The Regional Meteorological Centre here issued a warning of hailstorm over isolated places in Gwalior, Chambal, Sagar, Ujjain and Rewa divisions during next 48 hours.
The weather office said that once the weather clears out, probably by Monday or Tuesday, dense fog was expected and night temperatures were likely to plunge, heralding intense cold weather.
Rainfall and cloudy weather continued in most parts of the state, mainly in western and northwestern MP, pulling down day temperature.
The capital experienced foggy conditions on Saturday morning though it did not experience rain throughout the day.
The weather conditions are expected to continue on Sunday as a circulation system that is pulling moisture from Arabian Sea remained static over Rajasthan and adjoining northwest MP, the met office said.
Due to the impact of rainfall, day temperatures showed a dip in most parts of the state with maximum temperatures going down by as much six degrees.
Night temperatures, however, shot up due to high humidity and were recorded four to seven degrees over normal mark.
A western disturbance also brought rain and thundershowers to several parts of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and Haryana as the winter chill set in firmly in the northern states.
Shimla experienced the season’s first snowfall bringing cheers to hoteliers anticipating arrival of tourists from across the country.
The weatherman also predicted more rains in the next 24 hours in the state and added that fog could reduce visibility and affect train services in the northern states.
According to railway sources more than 50 trains are running hours behind schedule.
In Uttarakhand, temperatures plummeted by as much as 5 to 7 degrees as many parts of the state experienced rain and snowfall on Saturday. Dehradun recorded rains with lightning and thunder on Saturday morning.