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Dec 12, 2012 at 09:40am IST

Snowfall, rains usher winter chill in North India

New Delhi: The winter chill has finally set in as parts of Himachal Pradesh received the season's first snowfall causing temperatures to drop by 9 degrees Celsius in parts of North India. Snowfall in tourist resorts Shimla, Manali and Dalhousie has resulted in a cold wave. After relatively warmer days, Delhiites saw light rains and breeze on Tuesday.

Showers drenched parts of the Kashmir Valley that was witnessing a dry spell over the last month. Srinagar city recorded a minimum of minus 1.7 degrees Celsius and the Ladakh region froze below sub-zero temperatures.

Famous ski resort Gulmarg and Shopian in Kashmir Valley experienced snowfall as showers drenched Srinagar and Anantnag district including the Jawahar Tunnel -- the gateway to the Valley -- ending a nearly month-long dry spell.

Gulmarg was the coldest place in the Valley with the minimum temperature touching minus 7.5 degrees Celsius while tourist resort Pahalgam reeled at minus 2.2 degrees.

Hills surrounding popular tourist destinations of Shimla, Manali and Dalhousie received the season's first snowfall while higher hills had heavy snowing bringing biting cold wave conditions in Himachal Pradesh.

Five to 15 cms of snow fell on scenic Manali and Dalhousie while Solang Nallah and Rohtang Pass recorded 45 and 80 cms of snow respectively.

The tribal areas, which received 70 to 100 cms of snow, groaned under arctic conditions with minimum temperatures hovering between minus eight and minus 13 degrees Celsius.

With additional information from PTI