New Delhi. Snowfall and light rain occurred on Friday under the influence of a western disturbance in the hill states of northern India, which blocked roads and affected flight operations. At the same time, an increase in the minimum temperature was observed in the plains. The national capital recorded a minimum temperature of 10.6 degrees Celsius on Friday morning, three notches above normal.
According to the information provided by the India Meteorological Department (IMD), a slight increase in the minimum temperature was recorded at most places in Haryana and Punjab on Friday, giving people relief from the bitter cold. Ambala in Haryana recorded a minimum temperature of 10 degrees Celsius, while Hisar recorded a minimum temperature of 9.1 degrees Celsius. Rohtak recorded a minimum temperature of 11 degrees Celsius, Karnal 9.7 degrees Celsius, Sirsa 9.2 degrees Celsius and Kurukshetra 10.3 degrees Celsius. However, cold wave continued in Narnaul, where the minimum temperature was recorded at 7.5 degree Celsius.
Clouds will roam in Delhi, maximum temperature will be 22 degree Celsius
Amritsar and Ludhiana in Punjab recorded minimum temperature of 10 degree Celsius, Patiala 8.6 degree Celsius, Pathankot 10.5 degree Celsius, Faridkot 9.5 degree Celsius and Mohali 9.4 degree Celsius. On the other hand, Bathinda recorded a minimum temperature of seven degrees Celsius. According to IMD, there is a possibility of cloudy weather in Delhi on Friday, while the maximum temperature can be around 22 degree Celsius.
Where was the AQI
According to the IMD, the city recorded 83 per cent humidity at 8.30 am. According to the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) data, the overall air quality index (AQI) at 9 am was recorded at 277, which falls in the ‘poor’ category. An AQI between 0 and 50 is considered good, 51 and 100 satisfactory, 101 and 200 moderate, 201 and 300 poor, 301 and 400 very poor and 401 and 500 severe. .
Srinagar-Jammu National Highway stalled due to snowfall in Kashmir
Fresh snowfall in most parts of Kashmir on Friday paralyzed traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway and affected flights to and from the Valley. Along with Pahalgam and Gulmarg, the higher reaches of Anantnag, Kulgam, Shopian, Pulwama, Budgam, Kupwara, Ganderbal and Srinagar received snowfall. According to officials, traffic movement on both sides of the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway was disrupted between Ramban and Banihal due to snowfall and stone pelting. Besides, flights were affected at the Srinagar airport due to snowfall and low visibility, he said.
Where did the mercury fall in Kashmir
Kashmir recorded a rise in the minimum temperature, but the mercury remained below the freezing point in the entire valley. Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of minus 0.1 degree Celsius on Thursday night. At the same time, the minimum temperature in Qazigund was minus 0.6 degree Celsius. Kokernag in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 1.4 degrees Celsius, while it was minus 1.5 degrees Celsius in Kupwara. At the same time, it was minus 2.9 degree Celsius in Pahalgam in Anantnag district and minus 7.6 degree Celsius in Gulmarg in Baramulla district.
Rain in Jammu and Kashmir till January 25
The Meteorological Department has predicted a rainy season in Jammu and Kashmir from January 19 to 25 due to western disturbances. There is also a possibility of light to moderate rain or snowfall in some parts of Jammu and Kashmir on Friday and Saturday. There are also chances of heavy rains between 23 and 25 January. Along with this, moderate snowfall is expected in the plains of Kashmir and moderate to heavy snowfall in the higher reaches of Jammu.
The period of ‘Chillai-Kalan’ is still going on in Kashmir. It lasts for 40 days, in which a significant drop in temperature is recorded along with the onset of cold wave in the Kashmir Valley. There is a strong possibility of snowfall during this period, especially in the high altitude areas, there is heavy snowfall. The period of ‘Chillai-Kalan’ will end on January 30 and after that the 20-day ‘Chillai-Khurd’ will start and during this also the cold wave will continue in the Kashmir Valley. Then there will be a period of ‘Chillai Bacha’ for 10 days, then the cold will start decreasing in the valley.
snow fell in himachal
Higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh also received light to moderate snowfall on Friday, while vehicular movement was affected on 278 roadways due to intermittent rains across the state under the influence of a western disturbance. Jalori Jot and Rohtang Pass in Kullu received 60 and 45 cm respectively, while the south end of the Atal tunnel and the chancel received 30 cm of snowfall.
where how much snow
There was 25 cm snowfall in Chuddhar and Dodrakwar, 16 cm in Khadrala and 3 to 10 cm in the surrounding areas of Jakhu peak and Kufri in Shimla. Manali, Gohar and Tinder received 16 mm, 11 mm and 8.3 mm of rain respectively, while Nahan and Bhuntar recorded 5.7 mm of rain. Traffic was disrupted on National Highway 3 and 305, Rohtang Pass and Jalori Pass, while vehicular movement was affected between Gramphu to Losar on National Highway 505. 177 roads remained closed in Lahaul and Spiti, 64 in Shimla, nine in Kinnaur, five in Chamba, three in Kullu and two each in Kangra and Sirmaur districts.
The local meteorological office has predicted rain in the region till January 26, light rain and snowfall at isolated places on January 21-22 and light to moderate snowfall at many places in middle and high hills on January 23. MK Seth, president of the ‘Tourism Industry Stakeholders Association’, said that after fresh snowfall in the state capital and its suburbs, hotels are expected to be filled up to 70 per cent by late Friday evening. Right now the hotels are up to 30 percent full.
Snow and rain in Uttarakhand
In Uttarakhand, which is facing the problem of landslides, the high altitude areas of Chamoli and Rudraprayag districts including Joshimath have been receiving snowfall since late Thursday night, due to which the entire region has come under the grip of severe cold. According to the Meteorological Department, snowfall started in the high altitude areas from late Thursday night, which is continuing till now. At the same time, it is raining lightly in the low-lying areas. Cold winds are blowing in the state along with rain and snowfall, due to which people are facing severe cold.
snowfall in joshimath
It started raining and then snowing in Joshimath on Friday morning, due to which the difficulties of the disaster victims along with the workers engaged in relief and rescue work increased. According to the Meteorological Department, most of the areas of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Hemkund Sahib, Auli, Nanda Devi National Park, Valley of Flowers National Park and Kedarnath Musk Deer Sanctuary are covered with snow.
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FIRST PUBLISHED : January 20, 2023, 17:34 IST