Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, received the season’s first snowfall, as cold wave like conditions gripped the Valley due to continuous downpour.
The snowfall, which began in the higher reaches of the Valley on Thursday, has considerably brought down the maximum temperature in Kashmir.
Meanwhile, hundreds of passengers stranded near the Jawahar tunnel on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway have been rescued.
Over 120 persons, mostly truckers, were rescued from Peer Ki Gali along the Mughal road where over three feet of snow had accumulated in the stretch connecting the twin districts of Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu with south Kashmir Shopian.
In Himachal Pradesh, temperature across the state dropped sharply as high altitudes areas received mild spells of snow, while lower and middle hills were lashed with rain.
State capital Shimla experienced intermittent thunder showers.
High hills in Kullu, Lahaul Spiti and Chamba districts have been experiencing light snowfall. Kalpa in Kinnaur had 4.2 cm snow and 4.6 mm rain.
In Uttarkashi district of Uttarakhand, the shrines of Gangotri and Yamunotri also received snowfall.
Heavy snowfall has been experienced in Kedarnath and Badrinath.
This has resulted in dropping of temperatures in the nearby areas.