Heavy downpour with hailstorm in New Delhi intensified cold, as mercury took a further plunge and added to the woes of the locals. The national capital continued to shiver as hailstorm and midnight showers continued through the whole of Thursday.
"Due to the hailstorm the weather has changed with the sudden dip in the temperature and now it has become colder than before," said Kamal, a local.
Locals enveloped in woollens were seen venturing out of their homes in the chill. Poor people living on the pavements of Delhi were seen sitting around little bonfires.
The summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar, also received fresh bout of snowfall today. A local, Iftakaar, said that the snowfall is good for the health of people and would improve the economy of the state with more number of tourists visiting the valley.
"It is very important for the climate of the Kashmir valley to get appropriate snowfall as it helps the farmers with the crops. When there is snowfall the temperature comes down, which is good for the health of people. It attracts tourists, which is in turn is good for economy," said Iftakar, a local.
The locals cheered the snowfall as the snow-clad mountains and trees provided a visual treat to them. Meanwhile, the scenic hill station of Kullu district in Himachal Pradesh also experienced heavy snowfall.
Tourists from the plains visiting the hill station were ecstatic to witness snowfall and enjoyed the winter magic.
Hundreds of tourists were left stranded in Manali, a beautiful hill-station in Himachal Pradesh, as vehicular traffic remained suspended following sudden heavy snowfall.
According to Meteorological department western disturbance over the western Himalayan region has caused cloudiness over northwest and adjoining central India.