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Fresh snowfall drapes Himachal, Kashmir in white blanket

While life was thrown out of gear in Himachal, people throughout Kashmir Valley greeted the snowfall that is expected to replenish the perennial water reservoirs in the mountains.

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Shimla and its surrounding tourists destinations, including Rohtang Pass and Manali, received fresh snowfall on Monday morning as a cold wave gripped the region. Life was thrown out of gear for office-goers and students as the heavy snowfall made it difficult to venture out.(Express Photo by Pradeep Kumar)

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The snowfall, however, snapped Shimla’s link with Kufri, blocking movement of vehicles. (Express Photo by Pradeep Kumar)

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Popular tourist hotspots like US Club and Rich mount received moderate snowfall, while the Met office reported that Jakhu Hill was covered by 3 to 4 cms of snow. The area was cut off as vehicular movement got restricted due to slippery conditions. (Express Photo by Pradeep Kumar)

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The Met Office had warned that thunderstorm accompanied with hail would hit isolated places in Himachal from February 12. It had also predicted that several areas would receive heavy rain or snow. (Express Photo by Pradeep Kumar)

Since Sunday, the sky remained overcast and it started pouring in the midnight with fog also engulfing the hills. A thunderstorm and icy cold winds resulted in considerable drop in the temperature. (Express Photo by Pradeep Kumar)

Jammu and Kashmir recorded fresh snowfall in several areas on Sunday, leading to the closure of the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway for vehicular traffic. This is the first major snowfall in Kashmir this winter, which was largely dry so far, the IMD said.(Express Photo By Shuaib Masoodi)

Couple tourist walk local garden chasmishahi as fresh snowfall in srinagar. The minimum temperature was zero in Srinagar while it was minus 0.1 in Pahalgam and minus 4.6 in Gulmarg. (Express Photo By Shuaib Masoodi)

Authorities in Jammu and Kashmir have set up helpline numbers for people to approach in case of emergencies across different districts. The minimum temperatures have also appreciably improved throughout the state due to a cloud cover. (Express Photo By Shuaib Masoodi)

People throughout the Kashmir Valley greeted the snowfall that is expected replenish the perennial water reservoirs in the mountains. These reservoirs sustain various rivers, streams, springs and lakes during the summer months. (Express Photo By Shuaib Masoodi)

A boy take a selfie in a local park as fresh snowfall in srinagar. (Express Photo By Shuaib Masoodi)

The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) has predicted thunderstorms in several parts of north-west India and heavy rain or snowfall in isolated areas over Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir. (Express Photo By Shuaib Masoodi)