New Delhi: The skies opened up over northern India on Friday as rain and snowfall lashed the region, throwing normal life out of gear, especially in the hilly regions of Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh.
New Delhi was in for a bout of inclement weather as rain and hailstorm lashed the national capital overnight, picking up pace on Friday morning.
According to the MeT department, the 33.5mm rainfall in the national capital over the last 36 hours brought the maximum temperature down to 16.4 degrees Celsius, four notches below normal.
At 8:30 AM on Friday, the city had received 21 mm rainfall in 24 hours to better the record of 15.6mm rain measured in January 2003.
The downpour and hailstorm left many parts of the city reeling under water-logging and traffic snarls. Vehicular movement was affected in several areas like ITO, Vikas Marg and South Extension while many parts of the city were left without power supply.
The weatherman has predicted mainly clear skies for Thursday with fog in the morning.
Further north, heavy snowfall affected normal life in Kashmir which was cut off from the rest of the country with the Srinagar-Jammu national highway closed and air traffic suspended.
Snowfall, which began on Friday, has resulted in snapping of electricity and water supply in many areas of the Valley, official sources said.
An official of the disaster management cell said that the ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir received the highest snowfall in the state with an accumulation of three feet of fresh snow.
Himachal Pradesh, too, was hard hit by rains and snowfall which continued for the third day with many areas in the state cut off in the rough weather.
State capital Shimla recorded 45cm of snow while Manali, Narkanda, Fagu, Khara Patthar and other tourist resorts in the higher reaches had received between 65cm to 90cm of snow till afternoon.
The Hindustan-Tibet national highway was closed while traffic to Rampur was being routed via Basantpur-Kingal road.
Power supply was disrupted in Kullu, Manali and Lahaul and Spiti where people have been advised to stay indoors in view of an avalanche threat.
In Uttarakhand, popular tourist resorts of Mussoorie and Dhanolti, too, received snowfall even as heavy rains accompanied by strong winds and hailstorms lashed the plains of the state to cause a drop in temperatures.
There was rain in the plains as well, with light to moderate showers in various parts of Punjab and Haryana even as they saw the mercury rise by up to eight notches above normal.
Chandigarh, which received 28.4mm rainfall, experienced a low of 11.5 degrees Celsius, up five notches above normal while Ambala, in Haryana, was close at 11.4 degrees Celsius after getting 30mm rainfall.
Light to moderate thundershowers occurred at many places in western Uttar Pradesh and in some eastern pockets of the state as well.
Night temperatures rose across UP over the past 24 hours with the MeT office saying that rain and thundershowers were likely tomorrow. It added that there was also a possibility of hailstorm at some places.
In Rajasthan, light to moderate showers accompanied by hailstorm lashed parts of the state where Jodhpur has recorded 32.6mm rainfall since Thursday.
The MeT office here said that the rainfall, which has been triggered by western disturbance, would continue for another 24 hours.


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