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Several parts of North India turn white after snowfall

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​Mercury dips in North India
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​Mercury dips in North India

Several parts of North India witnessed heavy snowfall in the last 24 hours.

In pic: A view of snow covered drang area of north Kashmir.

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​Snowfall in Manali
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​Snowfall in Manali

Roads and houses were completely covered in white in several areas of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir.

In pic: Tourists play on a hillside after fresh snowfall at Anjni Mahadev in Manali.

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​Highway blocked
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​Highway blocked

National Highway 5 was blocked at Kufri & Narkanda due to heavy snowfall in the region.

The weatherman has issued a heavy snowfall warning for several parts in Uttarakhand.

In pic: Narkanda in Shimla District receives more than 30 centimeters of a fresh snowfall.

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​Rains, thunderstorm lash Delhi-NCR
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​Rains, thunderstorm lash Delhi-NCR

Light rains in the national capital also caused chill in the air. The city recorded light rains with strong winds for nearly two hours.

The temperature is likely to drop from December 14-15 and reach single digit.

The minimum temperature in the city was 12.8 degrees Celsius while the maximum was 21.5 degrees, two notches below the average.

In pic: Vehicles ply during rain in New Delhi.

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​Snow-covered tourist resort at Gulmarg
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​Snow-covered tourist resort at Gulmarg

The high altitude areas of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh including the famous ski resort of Gulmarg experienced moderate snowfall while the plains including the twin capital cities of Jammu and Srinagar were lashed by rains since Thursday afternoon.

The weatherman has issued an orange warning for the twin Union Territories for Thursday and Friday, predicting moderate to heavy snowfall and rain under the influence of Western Disturbance which had hit the region on Wednesday.

In pic: A view of snow-covered tourist resort at Gulmarg in Srinagar.

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​Stranded trucks
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​Stranded trucks

The 270-km Jammu-Srinagar national highway was closed following moderate snowfall in and around Jawahar Tunnel.

About one feet of snow had accumulated at the Tunnel on the Kashmir side till 7 pm, forcing suspension of the vehicular traffic on the highway, the only all weather road linking Kashmir with rest of the country.

In pic: Trucks stranded on Jammu Srinagar National highway during the fresh snowfall in Qazigund.

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​Coldest recorded place
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​Coldest recorded place

Leh in the Ladakh region was the coldest recorded place with a low of minus 10.6 degrees Celsius and a high of 1.6 degrees Celsius.

In pic: A Border Road Organisation (BRO) earthmover removing snow from the Manali Leh highway near Marhi.

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​Severe cold grips Uttarakhand
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​Severe cold grips Uttarakhand

The whole Uttarakhand is in the grip of severe cold as the state received the season's heaviest snowfall on Thursday, leading to closure of schools in several districts.

The higher reaches of Garhwal Himalayan region is experiencing continuous snowfall and the plains have been lashed by rain.

In pic: A pedestrian walks on the road paved by BRO snowcutters following heavy snowfall in the region, at Rohtang pass route.

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​Kedarnath Temple covered with snow
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​Kedarnath Temple covered with snow

The Kedarnath shrine and Badrinath Dham in the state have also been covered in a thick layer of snow.

In pic: Kedarnath Temple covered with fresh snow.

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​Snowfall at Ridge in Shimla
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​Snowfall at Ridge in Shimla

In Himachal Pradesh also, cold wave intensifies after rain, snowfall in many parts of the state, resulting in decrease in the maximum temperature by 7-8 degrees Celsius.

The maximum temperature in Kufri of Shimla district was recorded below freezing point.

The high reaches of the state in Lahaul-Spiti, Kinnaur, Kullu and Shimla districts received snowfall whereas several other areas of the state witnessed rain on Thursday.

Kufri, Narkanda and Kharapathar in Shimla district experience snowfall.

In pic: A girl walks with an umbrella during snowfall at Ridge in Shimla.

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