Arunachal records severe cold wave & fresh snowfall

Thinsa                                  Mechuka

By Pradeep Kumar

ITANAGAR, Jan 25: Many parts of Arunachal Pradesh have been witnessing heavy snowfalls true to India Today’s January 18 report about fresh snowfall in the hills and light rain in the plains but a significant change in Mumbai weather that brought winter chill to the metropolis.

Tirap National Youth Project coordinator Chalu Wangsa reported snowfall in her native Thinsa village, 8-km from district HQs Khonsa while district labour & employment officer-cum-CO Dr. Dechin Droka reported the same from Tawang, located at 10,00 feet above sea level, but a annual phenomenon.

However, Mechuka Valley, nestled 6,000 feet above sea level in Shi-Yomi district, along he McMahon line, has experienced heavy snowfall for third time, said Sanjoy Mosing, PRO to Speaker Passang Dorjee Sona. But, the snow-clad mountains, snow road and cattle waking on feet-deep snow justify Arunachal Pradesh as a nature trove Himalayan state.

India Today said:

Himachal’s tourist destinations Kufri, Dalhousie and Shimla witnessed fresh snowfall.

Rain lashed parts of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Himachal Pradesh overnight as dense fog hit traffic in the morning. Delhi air quality in was ‘poor’ with an AQI of 283 after the rain.

Himachal’s tourist destinations Kufri, Dalhousie and Shimla witnessed fresh snowfall. Kufri has received 10 cm snowfall since Thursday and Dalhousie 5 cm, a Met office official said in Shimla. Shimla and several other parts of the state also witnessed light snowfall.

As the northern region experienced rise in temperatures after snowfall and rain, residents of Mumbai and its suburbs started feeling the winter chill as the minimum temperature dropped to season’s lowest 14°C. The IMD said 11.4°C was lowest minimum temperature recorded in 2013. Morning officer-goers and school children were seen wrapped in woolens to keep warm.

The Jammu-Srinagar NH reopened for one-way traffic on Friday after four days. The met office predicted more rainfall in parts of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday.

In Punjab, Amritsar was the coldest recorded place in the state at 4.7°C. Hisar in Haryana recorded a minimum temperature of 5.1°C.

Cold prevailed in Rajasthan as the minimum temperature dropped by up to 2°C at most places while Churu was state’s coldest recorded place at 3.3°C.

The Met department has forecast that the cold weather will remain dominant in the state in next 24 hours and fog will be witnessed in Sikar, Sriganganagar, Hanumangarh, Churu & Dholpur.

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