Published On: Wed, Dec 16th, 2015

MeT department predicts more snow and rainfall for Uttarakhand

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Gear up for cold days and find ways to stay warm, as the Meteorological department has predicted a steep drop in temperature on Thursday by at least 3-4 degrees Celsius, due to the possibility of snowfall along with rain in the hill districts of Uttarakhand.
“Districts like Uttarkashi, Chamoli, Pithoragarh and Rudraprayag are likely to receive light snowfall and rain on Thursday, while other parts of the state will witness cloudy skies. It will result in a plunge in the maximum temperature across the state by over 3 degrees Celsius,” said Bikram Singh, director, Meteorological Centre, Uttarakhand.

Several places in the state, including Dehradun, saw cloudy skies on Wednesday evening with a sudden drop in the maximum temperature as well. The state capital recorded maximum temperature at 20 degrees Celsius, two notches below normal.

Pantnagar recorded the maximum temperature at 19.6 degrees Celsius, about 3 degrees less than normal. The maximum temperature in Nainital is already hovering below 10 degrees Celsius.
Moreover, plains districts like Udham Singh Nagar and Haridwar are expected to be engulfed in dense fog on Thursday due to change in weather. “Plains in the state are already witnessing morning fog and it might just get worse on Thursday due to change in weather conditions,” said Bikram Singh.

However, according to Met department officials, the weather will start improving Friday morning onwards with most places in Uttarakhand likely to get sunny days and surge in daytime temperature as well.
It is worth mentioning here that high-altitude places in Uttarkashi, Pithoragarh, Chamoli and Rudraprayag district, mainly above 3,000 metres in height, received heavy snowfall on December 11 after the Met department issued an advance warning in this regard. Places like Dehradun, Haridwar, Tehri, Pauri, Pantnagar and other cities received continuous rainfall during this period.

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