Wednesday, December 29, 2010
The western disturbance prediction is on schedule, and has started precipitation in the North today, Wednesday 29th. Dec.
Kashmir Valley witnessed the first major snowfall of the season on Wednesday, 29th, evening, breaking the over two-month long cold dry spell.
While a mild snowfall mixed with rain lashed Srinagar and many other places in the lower reaches of the valley, higher reaches like Gulmarg and Pahalgam reported a steady moderate snowfall.Higher reaches of Uri and Gurez sectors of Kashmir Valley today received snowfall.It will be remembered,in the higher reaches, the first snowfall of this winter took place earlier than usual on October 22.
And in H.P,the hills around Shimla, and the Kufri hill slopes near Shimla and Narkanda received mild snowfall Wednesday evening. The higher hills in Lahaul and Spiti, Chamba, Kinnaur and Kullu districts also experienced moderate snowfall.
The picturesque tourist destination Dalhousie in Chamba district saw moderate snow.Most of the other hill stations, including Shimla, Kasauli, Dharamsala, Chamba were hit by intermittent rain throughout the day. Meanwhile, a cold wave continued to grip the higher reaches of state with Keylong, headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti recording the lowest minimum temperature of -8.2c . Kalpa in Kinnaur district saw a low of- 2c.
Apart from a mild spell of snow (8.2 cm) Jan 13 this year, there was no snow at all in Simla last winter,and in 2009, the town saw just two mild spells of snowfall, and those flakes too melted within a few hours.
In the plains, there was light to moderate rains in Punjab and Haryana. Delhi had light rains on Wednesday, while the rains were a little more in intensity in Rajasthan. (Check maps in links on the right of this page).
Day temperatures continued to remain low.
In Pakistan, light to medium precipitation was recorded in the Northern regions.Rain expected to clear in 2 days and bring in a cold wave in all the regions and down into Sindh, as estimated by Vagaries.
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