Fresh snowfall in Kashmir Valley

Fresh snowfall in Kashmir Valley

The residents of the Valley woke up to a white cover of snow which had enveloped the landscape.

Kashmir Valley, including Srinagar city, today received fresh snowfall, forcing authorities to close schools for two days. (IE Photo: Shuaib Masoodi)

The residents of the Valley woke up to a white cover of snow which had enveloped the landscape. (IE Photo: Shuaib Masoodi)

Nearly three inches of snow had accumulated in Srinagar city while more than one-and-a-half foot was recorded in Gulmarg tourist resort and several other parts of north Kashmir. In Pahalgam resort, one foot of snow had been recorded till 8.30 AM, officials said. (IE Photo: Shuaib Masoodi)

The snowfall was preceded by heavy rainfall in most parts of the Valley last evening with Srinagar recording 46.3 mm of rainfall. (IE Photo: Shuaib Masoodi)

Divisional Administration of Kashmir announced that schools upto standard VIII will be closed for two days due to a dip in temperature caused by the downpour, an official spokesman said. Schools in the Valley had reopened on March 3 after three months of winter vacation. (IE Photo: Shuaib Masoodi)

The downpour has led to water-logging of all major roads around the commercial hub of Lal Chowk and surrounding areas. (IE Photo: Shuaib Masoodi)

Traffic was moving at a snail's pace while pedestrians were facing difficulty in moving around due to puddles on the roads. (IE Photo: Shuaib Masoodi)

Ending months of speculation, expelled SP leaders Amar Singh and Jaya Prada joined the Ajit Singh-led Rashtriya Lok Dal ahead of Lok Sabha polls. Singh is tipped to contest Lok Sabha polls from Fatehpur while Jaya Prada could enter the electoral fray from Bijnore. (IE photo: Rrenuka Puri)

Addressing a press conference at RLD chief Ajit Singh's residence-cum-office, Singh said he was not joining RLD for electoral politics. "I and Jaya Prada undertook a 1000 km long padyatra in eastern UP despite both my kidneys failing," he said. "I realised that development of UP cannot be done without its bifurcation.Ajit Singh has always supported the formation of Harit Pradesh, which is very important. The kind of clarity that Ajit Singh has about creation of states like Poorvanchal, Bundelkhand and Harit Pradesh is lacking in leaders of major parties," Singh said. (IE photo: Rrenuka Puri)

Actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada said Ajit Singh always used to support her and she and Amar Singh will do everything to strengthen the party. "We have no personal fight with Narendra Modi or BJP. Rajnath Singh is my friend as well. "There are ideological differences in politics. Is it some kind of gang war?" Singh said when asked why he was joining an anti-Narendra Modi alliance when there is a talk of a wave in favour of the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate. (IE photo: Rrenuka Puri)