Heavy snowfall, rain disrupt normal life in hilly northern states

Normal life has been affected in the hilly northern states due to rain and snowfall.

In Jammu and Kashsmir, at least 5 inch snow was recorded in Srinagar city yesterday. According to official sources, vehicular traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu National Highway has been affected due to snowfall and slippery road conditions.

Met department says moderate rain and snow is likely at many places in the Kashmir valley today under the influence of Western Disturbance.

The cold wave has further intensified in Himachal Pradesh with several high altitude regions in Kullu, Chamba, Kinnaur and Lahaul-Spiti districts receiving fresh snowfall and rain, Kothi, Gondola and Manali in Kullu district received 2.5 feet, 10.5 cm and 5 cm snow respectively and Dalhousie in Chamba district received 2 cm snow.

The tribal district Lahaul and Spiti’s administrative centre Keylong got 20 cm snow. Despite overcast sky no fresh snowfall occurred in Shimla.

Dharamshala, Bhuntar, Kangra, Chamba and Sujanpur Tira received light rain. Keylong continued to be the coldest place in the state at minus 7 degree Celsius.

India Meteorological Department (IMD) had sounded an ‘orange warning’ of heavy snowfall, rain and hailstorm in most parts of the state from January 4 to 6.

Issuing instructions not to venture to high reaches, district administrations of Chamba, Kinnaur and Kangra urged the public to contact at number 1077 in case of emergency.

In Uttrakhand cold wave has intensified in most parts of the State following fresh snowfall and light rains in the past 24 hours.

Reports of snowfall has been received from Kedarnath, Badrinath, Hemkund Sahib, Gangotri, Auli, Harshil and Munsyari.

Besides low temperature, the plain areas of the state are witnessing foggy conditions during early morning and night.

According to weather department heavy snowfall and rain is likely to occur at upper reaches of Garhwal and Kumaon region today.

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