New Delhi : A sudden shift in weather patterns has brought winter prematurely to the mountains. Gulmarg, located in Jammu and Kashmir, experienced a chilly atmosphere with the mercury dipping to 2.2 degrees Celsius on Sunday. Himachal Pradesh wasn’t spared either; the region witnessed a sharp decline in temperature by 6 degrees Celsius within a span of 24 hours, courtesy of the unanticipated rain and snowfall.
Snowfall Effects Spill Over to Northern Plains
The ramifications of this early snowfall are not confined to mountainous regions alone. The plains of North India, encompassing states like Rajasthan, Punjab, Haryana, and Uttar Pradesh, are currently under the grip of rain accompanied by forceful winds. The Meteorological Department predicts that in the next two days, chilly winds originating from the mountains will drift towards these states. This is likely to cause a further drop in temperatures, introducing a wave of cold throughout North India, including the national capital, Delhi.
Weather Alerts and Tourist Advisory
In light of the current climatic conditions, the Meteorological Department has sounded a yellow alert, signifying the possibility of heavy snowfall in the elevated regions of Himachal Pradesh. Other areas are expected to receive substantial rainfall. Regions like Kinnaur, Chamba, Lahaul Spiti, and Dholadhar of Kangra, including renowned spots like Hatu, Churdhar, Shirgul of Shimla, and the Shikari Mata Temple of Mandi, are currently experiencing snowfall.
Given these conditions, tourists traveling to popular destinations such as Manali, Dharamshala, Shimla, Mcleodganj, Chamba, and Kasauli from various parts of the country are strongly advised to abstain from venturing into higher altitudes during the ongoing snowfall.