Photos: Snowfall in higher reaches of North India; Delhi air quality improves

  • On February 4, many parts of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand received fresh snowfall, resulting in heavy traffic and road blockage because of the accumulation of snow. Flight operations in Srinagar were affected for the second day on February 4 due to heavy snowfall and poor visibility. Even Delhi witnessed light rain and many parts of the city also saw thunderstorms in the evening. According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), temperatures increased in Delhi under the influence of a passing western disturbance, and as strong winds blew over Delhi-NCR, pollution levels started abating. The overall air quality index (AQI) of Delhi on February 4 was 316, in the "very poor” zone, an improvement from the previous day’s 330.
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Visitors out at the Ridge during fresh snowfall in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh on February 4. Shimla received a spell of fresh snowfall on February 4 morning, bringing cheer to tourists, hoteliers and apple growers. However, it also brought life in the higher altitude regions of the state including the capital to a grinding halt.(Deepak Sansta / HT Photo)

Visitors out at the Ridge during fresh snowfall in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh on February 4. Shimla received a spell of fresh snowfall on February 4 morning, bringing cheer to tourists, hoteliers and apple growers. However, it also brought life in the higher altitude regions of the state including the capital to a grinding halt.(Deepak Sansta / HT Photo)

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Vehicles move amid fresh snowfall at Sanjauli in Shimla on February 4. Around 250 main and lateral roads were closed for traffic due to heavy snowfall in eight districts of Himachal Pradesh. The strategic Hindustan-Tibet Road or National Highway 22 was closed for traffic at Kufri and Narkanda near Shimla due to the snowfall, HT reported.(Deepak Sansta / HT Photo)

Vehicles move amid fresh snowfall at Sanjauli in Shimla on February 4. Around 250 main and lateral roads were closed for traffic due to heavy snowfall in eight districts of Himachal Pradesh. The strategic Hindustan-Tibet Road or National Highway 22 was closed for traffic at Kufri and Narkanda near Shimla due to the snowfall, HT reported.(Deepak Sansta / HT Photo)

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An excavator clears snow from Sanjauli-IGMC road in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh on February 4. “Continuous snowfall has hampered efforts to clear snow accumulated on roads in Shimla and surrounding areas,” Shimla additional superintendent of police Parveer Thakur told HT.(Deepak Sansta / HT Photo)

An excavator clears snow from Sanjauli-IGMC road in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh on February 4. “Continuous snowfall has hampered efforts to clear snow accumulated on roads in Shimla and surrounding areas,” Shimla additional superintendent of police Parveer Thakur told HT.(Deepak Sansta / HT Photo)

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Men row their boat near a frozen portion of Dal Lake in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir on February 3. Flight operations at the Srinagar airport were affected on February 3 as most parts of the valley received snowfall. As many as 14 flights were cancelled due to poor visibility, ANI reported.(Tauseef Mustafa / AFP )

Men row their boat near a frozen portion of Dal Lake in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir on February 3. Flight operations at the Srinagar airport were affected on February 3 as most parts of the valley received snowfall. As many as 14 flights were cancelled due to poor visibility, ANI reported.(Tauseef Mustafa / AFP )

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Commuters wade through a snow-covered road amid fresh snowfall at Ahlan village in South Kashmir on February 4. The air traffic to and fro Kashmir was restored on February 4 afternoon after the flight operations were affected due to accumulation of snow on the runway and poor visibility as most parts of the valley received overnight snowfall, PTI reported.(ANI)

Commuters wade through a snow-covered road amid fresh snowfall at Ahlan village in South Kashmir on February 4. The air traffic to and fro Kashmir was restored on February 4 afternoon after the flight operations were affected due to accumulation of snow on the runway and poor visibility as most parts of the valley received overnight snowfall, PTI reported.(ANI)

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ITBP personnel patrol the region near Himachal Pradesh on February 3. Mussoorie in Uttarakhand also witnessed heavy snowfall on the night of February 4. According to the Meteorological department, Dehradun, snowfall is likely to occur at places with a height of 1800 m and above in Uttarakhand, ANI reported.(ANI)

ITBP personnel patrol the region near Himachal Pradesh on February 3. Mussoorie in Uttarakhand also witnessed heavy snowfall on the night of February 4. According to the Meteorological department, Dehradun, snowfall is likely to occur at places with a height of 1800 m and above in Uttarakhand, ANI reported.(ANI)

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Commuters out on NH9 near Akshardham Temple during a downpour in New Delhi on February 4. Residents of Delhi on February 4 woke up to light rain, followed by thunderstorm and strong winds in parts of the city. The swift winds helped reduce the pollution levels.(Raj K Raj / HT Photo)

Commuters out on NH9 near Akshardham Temple during a downpour in New Delhi on February 4. Residents of Delhi on February 4 woke up to light rain, followed by thunderstorm and strong winds in parts of the city. The swift winds helped reduce the pollution levels.(Raj K Raj / HT Photo)

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A view of Rajpath after it rained in New Delhi on February 4. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recordings show that the overall air quality index (AQI) of Delhi on February 4 was 316, in the "very poor” zone. This was, however, an improvement from the previous day’s 330, also in the ”very poor” category.(Arvind Yadav / HT Photo)

A view of Rajpath after it rained in New Delhi on February 4. The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) recordings show that the overall air quality index (AQI) of Delhi on February 4 was 316, in the "very poor” zone. This was, however, an improvement from the previous day’s 330, also in the ”very poor” category.(Arvind Yadav / HT Photo)

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