NEW DELHI: Cold conditions revived in the hills of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal that witnessed a fresh bout of snow and rains over the last two days though the plains in north soaked up the sun on a clear day today.
The minimum temperature dropped by four to seven degrees Celsius in Himachal Pradesh, while mercury in Jammu and Kashmir stayed close to the freezing point at many places.
However, the national capital bathed in sunlight throughout the day and recorded a maximum of 27.5 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 12 degrees Celsius.
In a respite to travellers stuck at many places on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway, the road link was reopened for traffic today, two days after landslides at some places led to its closure.
“The Srinagar-Jammu National Highway has been thrown open for traffic this morning after the muck left behind by the landslides was cleared off. Only one-way traffic from Jammu towards Srinagar was plying on the highway,” an official of the Traffic Control Room said.
Landslides occurred at some places between Ramban and Panthal areas along the nearly 300-km long highway on Monday due to rains, forcing the closure of the road.
Most parts of the Kashmir Valley received intermittent rains last night as well. Gulmarg received three inches of snow yesterday.
The night temperature across the Valley, barring Gulmarg, settled above the freezing point. Srinagar recorded a minimum of 2.7, Qazigund 2.6, Kupwara 0.5, Pahalgam 0.2
Gulmarg registered a low of minus 7 degrees Celsius and was the coldest place in Jammu and Kashmir. The mercury in Leh region of Ladakh settled at a low of minus 5.1 degrees Celsius. (AGENCIES)