An active western disturbance is affecting Western Himalayan region and northern India, Meterological Department told ANI on Saturday. The disturbance began affecting states like Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh from January 3. From Friday, it began affecting Punjab, Haryana,West Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Chandigarh and some parts of north Rajasthan, MeT Department’s Mrutyunjay Mohapatra said.
“There has been rainfall,snowfall at most places over J&K, Himachal and Uttarakhand. Maximum rainfall of 7 cms over chandigarh in the past 24hrs. The western disturbance is expected to have impact for the next 24 hours for these regions. The intensity of rainfall will decrease gradually,”he said. Mohapatra added,” From 8th night onwards, there will be fall of temperature by 3-5 degree celsius cover the plains of North East India.”
Delhiites woke up to a pleasant morning on Saturday with the minimum temperature settling at 11.5 degrees Celsius, four notches above normal. A MeT Department official said that visibility at Palam and Safdarjung oscillated between 700 to 800 metres. 70 trains are running late by several hours due to fog, a Railway spokesperson said.
The temperature took a dip after light rain showers in the morning. The weatherman has predicted light trains for Saturday evening or late night.
On Saturday morning, Shimla received heavy snowfall.All roads in Shimla, Kufri, Narkanda and Mashobra were closed and electricity supply was hampered in most of the areas. The cold wave intensified Dharamshala and snowfall continued. Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad received light rain showers and cold wave conditions continued to prevail.