The Kashmir Valley was covered in a white blanket of snow as the minimum temperature in Srinagar Sunday plunged to – 5.5 degrees Celsius. This is the season’s lowest temperature so far. The freezing temperature froze water in taps and water bodies in the area. The locals woke up to find their taps nonfunctional in the cold. Many resorted to lighting small fires around the taps and water sources to defreeze them.
The whole of North India is facing bitter cold waves. Shimla was covered IN SNOW AND Dharamsala got its layer of snowfall for the first tim,e in 35 years.
Other tourist attractions of Himachal Pradesh also had snowfall. Local meteorological department has predicted heavy rain and snow in next 36 hours, threat of landslides and avalanches, too, has increased. This comes as a precautionary note to touriusts heading to Dharamshala, Manali, Dalhousie and Shimla they were advised to take proper precaution before leaving home and on their way
Road links to higher snow covered reaches of state have been closed due to heavy snow.
Even in Delhi the weekend began on a chilly and wet note in the capital Friday with the city receiving heavy rain late in the night. There were reports of rain accompanied by hail in some parts of the city. On Saturday people woke up to very chilly conditions and fog. With the day largely cloudy and a drizzle in the morning, rain began in earnest late evening. At around 10 p.m. heavy rain accompanied by thunder and lightning hit the city.
The Gulmarg ski resort was frozen at minus 16.5. An official of the local weather office stated, “Pahalgam hill station recorded a minimum of minus 6 degrees.” The Dal Lake was seen frozen at many places in the morning while highly slippery roads forced many people to remain indoors.
Although, the met office forecast improvement in weather, the night temperatures are likely to fall due to clear night skies. The gap between the minimum and maximum temperatures has narrowed down considerably which had added to the severe cold in the valley. The maximum was 2.5 degrees in Srinagar Saturday.