Chamoli: Following heavy rains in Uttarakhand, a school building collapsed on Tuesday, reported ANI. The building of Saraswati Shishu Mandir collapsed in Gopeshwar.

Schools were ordered closed by the Uttarakhand administration in view of the warning of heavy rainfall and snow.

Downpour in New Delhi and the National Capital Region (NCR) and fresh snowfall in J-K, Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh saw the mercury dip further on Tuesday. The national capital received rains and thunderstorm in the early hours, leading to water-logging and traffic jams.

Snowfall across hilly areas in J-K, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand was also reported. “The western disturbance active over Jammu and Kashmir has resulted in rains in the Jammu division and the snowfall in the valley over the past 24 hours, since Monday. The system is likely to weaken from Tuesday evening and we are expecting gradual improvement from tomorrow onwards,” a Met official was quoted as saying by a portal.

According to Skymet weather, light to moderate rain and snow with a few heavy spells are expected over J-K, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

A massive avalanche hit the Jawahar Tunnel on the Srinagar-Jammu highway on Tuesday morning, leading to a shutdown of the arterial national highway. Rescue operations were underway, and no casualties were reported.