A cold wave further tightened its grip in Jammu and Kashmir with most places in the state recording sub-zero temperatures.

Due to the snowfall, the Kashmir region remained cut off from the rest of the country for the third consecutive day Sunday.

Indian-administered Kashmir has been cut off from the rest of the country for the second day after heavy snowfall closing the 294km Jammu-Srinagar national highway, the only road link between Kashmir and rest of the country.

A Kashmiri boatman uses his oar to break the ice layer of the frozen Dal Lake after a heavy snowfall in Srinagar. ─AFP
A Kashmiri boatman uses his oar to break the ice layer of the frozen Dal Lake after a heavy snowfall in Srinagar. ─AFP
A police man tries to direct traffic after vehicles got stranded due to heavy snow fall on the Jammu-Srinagar highway at Patnitop in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir state. ─AP
A police man tries to direct traffic after vehicles got stranded due to heavy snow fall on the Jammu-Srinagar highway at Patnitop in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir state. ─AP
A man pulls a tourist on a sledge through snow at Patnitop in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir state.─AP
A man pulls a tourist on a sledge through snow at Patnitop in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir state.─AP
People walk through a snow-covered pathway at Patnitop in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir state.─AP
People walk through a snow-covered pathway at Patnitop in Udhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir state.─AP
Passengers walk past vehicles stranded due to heavy snow fall on the Jammu-Srinagar highway at Patnitop. ─AP
Passengers walk past vehicles stranded due to heavy snow fall on the Jammu-Srinagar highway at Patnitop. ─AP