Cold conditions prevailed in north India covering parts of Punjab and Haryana, Himachal, and Kashmir. The Srinagar-Leh highway, connecting the frontier Ladakh region was closed ahead of heavy snowfall. According to the India Meteorological Department, Delhi was a notch below the season’s average with a minimum of 7.0 degrees Celsius, while the maximum temperature was 27.2 degrees. IMD officials also said that It is likely to rain towards the evening or night for few days. In Himachal Pradesh, the cold conditions swept the hills as minimum temperatures dropped in the state and adjoining areas due to snowfall and rains.
Fog enveloped most parts including Ludhiana, Patiala, Amritsar, Karnal, Kurukshetra, Hisar and Ambala, due to cold weather. People of Chandigarh faced cold morning with the minimum temperature settling at 12.6 degrees Celsius on Thursday. However, States of Haryana, Ambala, Hisar, and Karnal experienced cold weather at 10.9 degrees Celsius, 7.7 degrees Celsius and 9.8 degrees Celsius, respectively. While the minimum of Amritsar, Patiala, and Ludhiana was 9.3, 9.4 and 10 degrees Celsius respectively.
In Uttar Pradesh, Meerut recording the 9.2 degrees Celsius and shallow to moderate fog occurred at isolated places in the state. Also the hill station of the desert state, Mount Abu was the recorded at 2 degrees Celsius while Sikar recorded 4.5 degrees Celsius. Alwar recorded 6.2 degrees Celsius, Pilani 7.5 degrees Celsius, Bhilwara 8 degrees Celsius and Jaisalmer 8.2 degrees Celsius. Dense fog influence Jaipur, Churu, Sriganganagar, and Bikaner.
The India Meteorological Department has forecast light rain or snowfall at many places in the Kashmir over the next 24 hours. Moreover, the temperature of Kalpa and Manali recorded minus 6.3 degrees Celsius, and minus 3 degrees Celsius Celsius respectively.
On Friday, the Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE), issued a medium danger avalanche warning for some avalanche prone districts of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu, and Kashmir. Officials also said that it was valid for the next 24 hours.