Snowfall in Srinagar, Shimla, Manali; temperature dips with rains in Delhi

The scattered showers across Delhi-NCR are part of the "first spell" of winter rains and the city may witness one or two more spell of rains later in the day.

Snowfall in Srinagar, Shimla, Manali; temperature dips with rains in Delhi

People woke up to heavy snowfall in Himachal Pradesh on Saturday, in the continuity of heavy snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir.Tourist places like Manali and Dharamsala are under the white blanket, in turn, bringing northern region under the grip of chilly cold and rainfall to adjoining states and NCR.

The temperatures in Uttar Pradesh and the adjoining NCR region dipped due to rainfall at some places along with heavy snow in neighbouring states. Delhiites started Saturday morning with the minimum temperature recorded at 13.5 degrees Celsius.








Rain also lashed other areas like Palampur, Solan, Nahan, Bilaspur, Una, Hamirpur and Mandi, bringing down the temperatures. The officials have also been advising tourists not to venture into remote areas as chances of heavy snow were high.





According to the meteorological department, more thunder showers and dense fog are expected in the region. The visibility dropped to below 10 metres at some places. However, such situations also damaged power lines and electricity was lost for a long time. However, this snowfall came as highest snowfall in decades.



The weather forecast said western disturbances — storm systems originating from the Caspian Sea in the Central Asia and moving across the Afghanistan-Pakistan region — would remain active till Sunday with chances of more snow, media reports said.

However, this also disrupted traffic from Himachal Pradesh.

In Delhi, the rains and fog delayed 70 trains while 16 had to be rescheduled and 7 were cancelled.



2 international flights delayed and 1 stood cancelled from Indira Gandhi International Airport. Four domestic flights were delayed.


According to the weather office, the visibility at 8.30 am was 800 metres and the humidity was 100 percent.

Private agency Skymet said the scattered showers across the city are part of the "first spell" of winter rains and the city may witness one or two more spell of rains later in the day.

However, it also said that this would clear by Sunday but clouding will persist. By Monday, icy cold northwesterly winds will once again start blowing over northern plains including Delhi-NCR.



"With this, we can then expect a steep drop in night temperatures as well. By early next week, winter chill will grip most of the northern plains. During this time, mercury is likely to settle around or below five degrees Celsius," a Skymet report said.

The minimum temperature is expected to hover around 21 degree Celsius.