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Raining nonstop in Dharamshala from yesterday. Snow might touch McLeod today

Still overcast. Way to triund is under snow. Still no snow in proper Mcleodganj market. Waiting....

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Western disturbance causes rain in several areas of Rajasthan
The department has predicted light rains at a few areas for Friday and the state is likely to witness a thick fog on Saturday and Sunday.

Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
JaipurDecember 13, 2019UPDATED: December 13, 2019 14:22 IST

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Awestern disturbance has triggered rain in several areas of Rajasthan where Ganganagar recorded the maximum rainfall of 15.8 mm, the Meteorological department here said on Friday.
In the same period, that is since Thursday till Friday morning, Pilani, Sawaimadhopur and Jaipur recorded 12.2 mm, 10 mm and 9.8 mm rain, respectively, while Churu and Bikaner recorded a rainfall of 8.4 mm, the MeT department said.
The rainfall was below 7 mm in several other areas, it said.
Nagaur and nearby areas also received hailstorm on Thursday.
Meanwhile, night temperature in the state hovered above 8 degrees Celsius. Sikar recorded the lowest temperature in the state at 8 degrees Celsius.

The department has predicted light rains at a few areas for Friday and the state is likely to witness a thick fog on Saturday and Sunday.

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Western disturbance in north, north central India
Saturday, 14 December 2019 | PNS | New Delhi

The India Meteorological Department on Friday predicted widespread rain and snowfall in north, north central parts of the country in the next 24 hours due to western disturbance (WD) with cyclonic circulation located over the north and north central India. Due to WD, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, J&K, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh witnessed cold wave like situation. The WD will move away in the eastern direction and weaken by Saturday evening.
According to Dr Kuldeep ZSrivastava, a scientist with the IMD, western disturbance is a normal weather phenomenon during winter season to bring down temperature, snowfall and rain several parts of the country.
"Under the influence of Western Disturbance and its induced cyclonic circulation, widespread rain/snow with isolated heavy falls accompanied with thunderstorm/hailstorm is very likely over Western Himalayan region for next 24 hours.
Fairly widespread to widespread rain with isolated heavy falls accompanied with thunderstorm and hailstorm is also very likely over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and East Madhya Pradesh during the same period. Western Himalayan region, which includes Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, is likely to witness the maximum intensity of rain and snow on Friday, as per the IMD forecast.
"Thereafter, due to favourable meteorological conditions, dense fog at a few places with very dense fog at isolated pockets very likely over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, north Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh in morning hours of December 15 and 16.
According to the IMD, most places in Uttar Pradesh received light to moderate rainfall and thundershowers on Friday bringing down the mercury in the State. Nainital and Mussoorie and areas around the two Uttarakhand towns witnessed the season's first snowfall, cheering up the locals and tourists alike. The famous Vaishno Devi shrine atop Trikuta hills experienced the season's first snowfall as moderate to heavy snow and rains lashed wide parts of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh for the second consecutive day disrupting normal life.

Western disturbance in north, north central India


Rain, moderate fog next week likely
Sunday, 15 December 2019 | Staff Reporter | NEW DELHI

Delhi-NCR will witness moderate fog in the upcoming week, according to Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). It said on Saturday that the maximum temperature will fluctuate between 18 and 20 degrees Celsius while minimum temperature will remain at 8 degrees Celsius.
On Saturday, cold wave intensified with the minimum temperature likely to fall by two to three degrees Celsius over the northern plains.
According to Skymet weather, isolated rain might occur over the northern districts of Punjab, Haryana and West Uttar Pradesh.
Moderate to dense fog was also likely over Delhi, parts of Punjab, Haryana, North Rajasthan and West Uttar Pradesh.
The Western Disturbance has moved away and northerly winds are blowing over the northern plains. But the remnants of Western Disturbance will continue to give light rain and snow with one or two moderate spells over Western Himalayas.
The pollution level in the national capital will however, remain in the unhealthy category and isolated pockets might even witness pollution in very poor level, according to Skymet Weather forecast.In the current winter season, rain and snow began in the hills of north India in the month of November itself, and that too in excess. By the end of the month, Kashmir was a surplus by 379 per cent, Himachal Pradesh by 143 percent and Uttarakhand by 239 per cent.
As of Thursday morning, Dharamsala recorded 66 mm of rains, Qazi Gund 62 mm, Manali 49 mm, Srinagar 25 mm, Una 23 mm, Dehradun 20 mm, Shimla 13 mm and Mandi 12 mm.
Rain and snow have dropped the maximums below 5 degrees, wherein Manali saw maximum at 4.2 degrees which is 11 degrees below normal, with Shimla recording 5.9 degrees Celsius which is 9 degrees below normal.

Rain, moderate fog next week likely


Heavy snow cripples life in Shimla district
Rohru, Dodra Kwar, Narkanda without power | Chopal cut off | 299 roads blocked

  • Posted: Dec 14, 2019 07:16 AM (IST)
  • Updated : 12 hours ago
Heavy snow cripples life in Shimla district

A JCB machine clears a road in Kufri on Friday. Photo: Amit Kanwar

Tribune News Service

Shimla, December 13
The normal life remained paralysed today as Chopal, Rohru, Dodra Kwar, Narkanda, Baghi, Kadrala, Tikkar, Sungri and many areas in Kinnaur district had no power due to heavy snowfall.

According to PWD reports, the snowfall brought traffic to a standstill on 299 roads -129 roads in Shimla zone, 42 in Mandi zone, 118 in Dalhousie circle, including eight national highways.
‘Clear weather from tomorrow’
  • Bus services remained discontinued beyond Chambi on the Chopal road, leaving Chopal cut-off from the state capital for the last two days
  • Snowfall snapped transmission lines in the higher reaches of Chopal, Jubbal-Kotkhai, Rohru, Rampur and Theog
  • Several villagers had remained powerless for the last two days
  • MeT predicts clear weather from Dec 15Though the NHAI and PWD restored the traffic between Kufri and Theog around 11 am, bus services remained discontinued beyond Chambi on the Chopal road, leaving Chopal cut-off from the state capital for the last two days.
The snowfall snapped transmission lines at several places in the higher reaches of Chopal, Jubbal-Kotkhai, Rohru, Rampur and Theog. Several villagers had remained powerless for the last two days.

The lines had been damaged between Deha, Dhurla and Jhiknipul that resulted in power outage in Chopal sub-division for the past 30 hours.
The PWD claimed five machines had been deployed to clear the snow between Chopal and Chambi, but the frequent spells of snow hampered the operations.
Superintending Engineer Ajay Kapur said the PWD had pressed into service 244 machines for the snow-clearing operation. “We hope that 131 roads will be cleared by late evening, another 78 tomorrow and 89 roads within two days,” he added.
ADC, Shimla, Apurva Devgan said, “Traffic between Theog and Narkanda and between Theog and Rohru via Kharapathar has been restored in this evening. The electricity to Rohru, Chopal and Dodra Kwar is being restored."
Shimla recorded 12.9 mm of rain, Kalpa 26 cm of snow, Keylong 12.5 cm and Manali 12 cm snow.

The lower areas had been lashed by light to moderate rain since morning. Dharamsala recorded 35.8 mm, the highest rainfall, followed by Jawali and Kangra 33 mm till 4.30 pm.
Local MeT Director Dr Manmohan said the precipitation would decline from tomorrow and rain and snow would take place at some isolated places. The weather would be clear from December 15, he added.

Heavy snow cripples life in Shimla district


Power, communication services snapped in Lahaul-Spiti

Posted: Dec 14, 2019 07:16 AM (IST)
  • Updated : 18 hours ago
Power, communication services snapped in Lahaul-Spiti

The frozen Prashar Lake looks splendid. Photo: Jai Kumar
Dipender Manta

Tribune News Service
Mandi, December 13
Heavy snowfall was reported in tribal district of Lahaul-Spiti and higher reaches of Mandi and Kullu today, while lower areas were lashed by incessant rain.
Blizzard in Lahaul valley affected normal life. Snow storm was reported in Sissu village in Lahaul valley, which forced the area residents to rush indoors to escape from bone-chilling cold.
Electricity supply has been affected in Lahaul villages because of heavy snowfall. Due to disruption of power supply, telecommunication services have been affected in the district. However, power supply was restored in the district headquarters of Keylong in the evening, while a major portion of district still reeled under darkness.

Deputy Commissioner Lahaul Spiti K K Saroch said that due to heavy snowfall traffic had come to a standstill in the district. If weather turned favourable on Saturday, the Border Roads Organization authority will start snow clearing operation to restore main roads for traffic movement within the district.
The Deputy Commissioner has urged the people of the district to be cautious while moving because the district is prone to avalanches. He said no loss of life or property was reported because of the inclement weather in the district.
In Kullu district power supply was affected in villages because of snowfall in higher reaches. The upper villages of Manali have been plunged into darkness since Thursday. The tourist places like Solang valley and Kothi, Guaba received more than 75 cm of snow till evening. The road leading to Solang valley or Kothi side has been blocked for traffic movement since Thursday because of heavy snowfall.
In Mandi district, tourist places like Prashar Lake, Kamrunag, Shikari Devi, Seraj and Karsog valley received snowfall, which affected the several bus routes in the region. Similarly, power supply was disrupted in snowbound areas of Seraj and Karsog valley. As many as 13 roads are blocked in the district, while 38 electric transformers were damaged because of heavy snowfall.
The farmers of state have welcomed the snowfall and rain, which ended the prolonged dry spell of weather. Apple orchardists of the state are also happy after heavy snowfall in early December, which will help the crop complete required chilling hours for better output.

Power, communication services snapped in Lahaul-Spiti


Himachal PradeshBilaspur › 431 Roads Including Six NH Closed In Himachal, 170 Tourists Rescued, See Situation In Pictures
हिमाचल में छह एनएच समेत 431 सड़कें बंद, 170 पर्यटकों को बचाया, तस्वीरों में देखें हालात
न्यूज डेस्क, अमर उजाला, शिमला, Updated Sat, 14 Dec 2019 08:06 PM IST
लाहौल घाटी

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लाहौल घाटी - फोटो : अमर उजाला

हिमाचल में बर्फबारी के बाद तीसरे दिन शनिवार को भले ही मौसम खुल गया पर दुश्वारियां बरकरार हैं। प्रदेश में छह नेशनल हाईवे समेत 431 सड़कें अभी भी बंद पड़ी हैं। चंबा में ठंड ने एक व्यक्ति की जान ले ली, जबकि लाइन ठीक करते फोरमैन की हार्ट अटैक से मौत हो गई। बर्फबारी के चलते विधानसभा सत्र में कई विधायक समय पर नहीं पहुंच पाए।

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इसके चलते सदन की कार्यवाही आधा घंटा देरी से शुरू हुई। राजधानी शिमला सहित छह स्थानों का न्यूनतम पारा माइनस में पहुंच गया है। पूरे प्रदेश में कड़ाके की ठंड पड़ रही है। कुफरी और हसन वैली में फंसे 170 पर्यटक दस घंटे चले बचाव अभियान के बाद सकुशल निकाले गए। इनमें 90 महाराष्ट्र और 70 राजस्थान से शिमला आए थे।

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इनमें से कुछ विद्यार्थी भी शामिल हैं। बर्फबारी के चलते चंबा के जोत नामक स्थान पर दर्जन भर लोग बीते तीन दिनों से अभी भी फंसे हैं। शनिवार को शिमला सहित पूरे प्रदेश में मौसम साफ रहा। धूप खिलने से अधिकतम तापमान में दो डिग्री की बढ़ोतरी दर्ज हुई।

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उधर, मौसम विज्ञान केंद्र शिमला ने रविवार को भी प्रदेश के कई क्षेत्रों में बारिश और बर्फबारी के आसार जताए हैं। सोमवार से धूप खिलने का पूर्वानुमान है। 20 दिसंबर को फिर बारिश-बर्फबारी का पूर्वानुमान है। प्रदेश के ऊंचाई वाले क्षेत्रों में शनिवार सुबह तक बर्फबारी का दौर जारी रहा। जनजातीय क्षेत्र लाहौल-स्पीति और कुल्लू में भारी हिमपात से जनजीवन अस्त-व्यस्त है।

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कुल्लू में 50 सड़कें बंद हैं। चंबा जिले की 110 सड़कों पर यातायात बाधित है। भरमौर-पठानकोट एनएच बकाणी से भरमौर तक बाधित रहा। शिमला-रामपुर, आनी-औट, रामपुर-रिकांगपिओ, मनाली-लेह एनएच भी बंद हैं। मंडी के सराज में दो गाड़ियां बर्फ पर फिसलने से पलट गईं।

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इसमें सवार लोग बाल-बाल बच गए। चंबा में पुलिस लाइन बारगाह के पास मलकीत सिंह पुत्र पुन्नू राम निवासी लोअर जुलाहकड़ी की ठंड से मौत हो गई। चंबा के मंगला में बर्फबारी के दौरान फोरमैन देस राज की बिजली लाइन दुरुस्त करते ह्दय गति रुकने से जान चली गई। प्रदेश में हुई ताजा बर्फबारी के बाद यहां आने वाले सैलानियों की संख्या में इजाफा हुआ है।

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तीन जिलों में हिमस्खलन का खतरा, अलर्ट
चंबा जिले के बर्फ से लकदक पांगी, भरमौर, तीसा और सलूणी क्षेत्र में हिमस्खलन के खतरे को देखते हुए जिला प्रशासन ने अलर्ट जारी किया है। कुल्लू और लाहौल घाटी के संवेदनशील स्थानों में भी लोगों को घरों से बाहर न निकलने की हिदायत दी है।

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