Idyllic Gulmarg lay under 3-cm of snow which also fell on other high altitude areas in Kashmir on Tuesday as tribal valleys in Himachal reeled under freezing cold while a mild winter persisted in the plains in North India.
Mininum temperatures climbed up to three notches at many places in Haryana, Punjab and Chandigarh which experienced a pleasant day though dense fog engulfed some areas snarling road traffic.
Delhiites, which woke up to a sunny morning, coped with an an unusually warm day with the maximum temperature shooting up to 26.6 degree celsius, five notches above normal.
Ski resort Gulmarg and other high altitude areas in Kashmir valley wore a thick white blanket of snow as incessant rains drenched summer capital Srinagar.
Nearly three-cm of snow accumulated on Gulmarg and nearby Kangdoori and Baba Reshi areas in Baramulla district, the Met office said.
Reports of dumping of snow on higher reaches in Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian, Kupwara, Pulwama, Budgam, Bandipora and Ganderbal were also received, it said.
However, mercury rose at many places in the valley thanks to overcast skies. Scenic Pahalgam, which shivered at minus 4.2 degree celsius yesterday, recorded a low of 0.7.
Minimum temperatures in summer capital Jammu and Katra, the base camp for pilgrimage to the revered shrine of Vaishno Devi, touched 12.2 and 11.6 degree celsius respectively.
Severe cold continued to wallop higher hills in Himachal Pradesh with Kalpa, the district headquarters of Kinnaur, reeling at a low of minus 6.2 degree celsius.
Shimla, the queen of hills, however, had a relatively comfortable day with the minimu settling at 7.1 degrees.