Fresh showers drenched plains of northern India while heavy snowfall was reported in Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday.
Intermittent light showers continued throughout the day in Delhi. But the mercury rose in the city, bringing respite from intense cold.
The Capital received average one millimetre of rain during the day, while the Ridge area received the maximum of 6.4 mm of rain.
The maximum temperature in the city was recorded at 17.8 degrees Celsius, three notches below the normal. The minimum temperature was 12 degrees Celsius, four notches above the normal.
In the upper hills, Jammu and its adjoining areas witnessed heavy overnight rains. Snowfall crippled life in Kashmir, snapping road and air links.
Electricity supply across the Valley was also suspended due to the fresh bout of snowfall, which began last evening.
Vehicular traffic from Jammu-Srinagar national highway was suspended due to slippery road conditions in Jawahar tunnel and Patnitop areas. Flights to and from Srinagar have also been put off for the time being.
Fresh snowfall was recorded in Srinagar, hills of Kishtwar, Doda, Poonch, Rajouri, Kathua, Reasi, Ramban and Bhaderwah Valley.
The snowfall, however, brought a much-needed respite to the Valley from the intense cold wave as the minimum temperature increased in most parts.
Temperature in Srinagar was recorded at 0.2 degrees Celsius, while Qazigund registered a low of minus 0.2 degrees Celsius.
In Himachal Pradesh, cold wave conditions further intensified during the day as the state received intermittent rains and snow accompanied by high velocity icy winds.
The sky remained heavily overcast. There was a sharp fall in day temperature.
High-altitude tribal areas — Kunzam, Saach and Rohtang passes and Churdhar and Dhauladhar ranges in Sirmaur and Kangra districts — received intermittent snowfall.
The maximum temperatures dropped by few notches and Shimla recorded a low of 8.5 degrees against Tuesday’s 14 degrees. It received 4 mm of rain.
Key tourist resorts of Kufri, Fagu, Wildflower Hall and Narkanda received mild snowfall. Kalpa, Keylong, Killar and Pin valley in the tribal belt received 10 cm to 20 cm of fresh snow.
However, minimum temperatures rose marginally, and Keylong and Kalpa recorded a low of minus 2.7 degrees and minus 1.8 degrees, respectively.
Manali and Solan recorded minimum temperatures at 3.5 degrees each. The local MeT office has predicted rain and snow at isolated places in mid and higher hills during the next 24 hours.
Widespread rainfall also drenched most parts of Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh, even as the minimum temperature rose by up to six notches above normal in the region.
Chandigarh and Ambala received intermittent rainfall, while Amritsar received 15.9 mm of rain.
Mukerian received 7.6 mm of rain followed by 7.2 mm in Karnal, 2.7 mm in Hisar, 2 mm in Ludhiana, 1.6 mm in Bhiwani and 0.9 mm in Patiala.
Ludhiana was the coldest place in Punjab, recording a low of 9.4 degrees Celsius, which was two notches above normal.
In Chandigarh and Patiala, the mercury settled at an identical low of 10 degrees Celsius.
Amritsar recorded a low of 10.5 degrees Celsius, six notches above normal. Karnal in Harayana had a low of 10.1 degrees Celsius, three notches above normal.
In Rajasthan, rains triggered by upper air cyclone lashed several areas, with Kota receiving the maximum rainfall.
Night temperatures increased by a few degrees in most parts of the state, with Jaisalmer being coldest at 7.4 degrees Celsius.
Minimum temperatures at other places were between 9.2 degrees Celsius and 14.3 degrees Celsius.