On Tuesday, plains in Kashmir received their first snowfall, three weeks after the high altitude regions. This week, parts of North India—in particular, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and Jammu Kashmir—are likely to continue experiencing colder weather conditions. These regions are expected to witness isolated heavy rains, snow, and thunderstorms for the next two days, starting Tuesday.
As per The Weather Channel met team, a western disturbance affects the Western Himalayan Region and the Trans-Himalayas with fairly widespread moderate snow or rain until Thursday. In addition, heavy snow up to 100 cm is expected over isolated places of Himachal Pradesh for the next three days.
Moreover, a cyclonic circulation induced by the western disturbance is expected to bring light to moderate rain accompanied by thunderstorms over the plain area of North India from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday. Owing to these conditions, the India Meteorological Department (IMD), has placed Jammu & Kashmir, and Himachal Pradesh under a yellow watch for Tuesday and Wednesday.
The isolated places of these regions are likely to experience heavy rain or snow accompanied by hail storms, thunderstorms and lightning. The yellow watch urges residents to ‘be aware’ of the weather in their respective localities. Likewise, Uttarakhand is also expected to experience the aforementioned weather conditions, and therefore, the region is placed under the same advisory for Wednesday.
Winter cold grips Delhi and surrounding areas
This Sunday, Delhi residents woke up to the coldest November morning in the last 17 years, with the minimum temperature clocking a low of 6.4°C at Lodhi Road. On Tuesday as well, Delhi’s base station Safdarjung recorded the lowest minimum temperature of 6.7°C.
On Wednesday, temperatures are expected to be well below average in some areas of Rajasthan, while isolated parts of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi are expected to experience cold day conditions. Owing to this, the regional department has placed a yellow watch over the aforementioned places for November 25. By November 27, a cold wave could grip West Uttar Pradesh, West Rajasthan and East Rajasthan, in addition to parts of NCR.
For the next few days, the minimum temperatures are expected to be less than 10°C in Delhi, as per the regional met department’s seven-day forecast. In the morning hours, the residents are likely to experience mist and fog. Only on November 26, there are possibilities of very light rain in the morning hours.
Moreover, in the past 24 hours, cold day conditions were witnessed in several cities of north India including New Delhi, Lucknow, and Chandigarh. The lowest minimum temperature over the plains of northwest India was 5.5°C recorded at Churk in Uttar Pradesh. On the other hand, Srinagar, Shimla and Dehradun witnessed snowfall at isolated places.
On Monday, parts of Kashmir Valley also witnessed the first snowfall of the season that led to the prevalence of chill waves over the region. “Same weather conditions are likely to continue till Thursday after which the weather will start improving,” an official of the Met department told the news agency IANS.
The heavy snowfall in Zojila Pass and the Pir Ki Gali areas led to the closure of the Srinagar-Leh highway and the Mughal Road. The lowest minimum temperature in the upper region of North was recorded in Srinagar at -0.1°C. Leh town in Ladakh witnessed a temperature drop to -2.6°C, while Kargil town recorded minus 4.5°C as the minimum temperature.