Cold wave conditions continue in several parts of North India

Cold wave conditions continued to sweep several parts of North India. Rains and snowfall in several parts of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand have pulled the mercury down. Dense fog is likely to envelop Delhi, Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, north Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh today.

In Himachal Pradesh, following recent snowfall and heavy rains, residents and tourists have been asked to remain cautious as avalanche and landslides are likely.

Chamba Deputy Commissioner Vivek Bhatia said PWD men and machinery have been working for opening roads for traffic which were blocked after recent snowfall and rain and efforts were also on to restore power supply in affected areas. Popular tourist destinations Shimla, Manali, Dalhousie and Kufri, witnessed overnight snowfall. Dalhousie received the highest snowfall of 60 cm in the state.

The Kashmir valley remained cut-off from the rest of the country for the third consecutive day as the Srinagar-Jammu national highway was closed. Snowfall continued in most parts of the Valley, including in the plains. The helicopter and ropeway service at the famous cave shrine of Vaishno Devi in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir remained suspended for the second day due to inclement weather.

In Rajasthan, cold weather conditions prevailed, with Mount Abu recording the lowest minimum temperature in the state at 2.2 degrees Celsius.

Rains and hailstorms in Uttar Pradesh brought the temperature down to single digit in many areas yesterday. Shahjahanpur and Moradabad received rainfall of 9 cm each.

According to the MeT Department, thunderstorm accompanied with lightning are likely at isolated places over east Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh today. Dense fog is also likely in isolated pockets over north Madhya Pradesh, Bihar, coastal Odisha, south Assam and Meghalaya and Manipur & Mizoram in the morning hours.

Heavy rains lashed several parts of Tamil Nadu in the last 24 hours, leading the Met Department to say that the state would receive its normal quota in the North East Monsoon this year. Area Cyclone Warning Centre Director N Puviarasan said that since October 1, the state has received 43 cm of rainfall, which was short by just one cm. He said Tamil Nadu normally receives 44 cms of rainfall in the North-East Monsoon season.