Dehradun: Cold wave conditions continue to prevail from mountains to plains. While the hilly areas are experiencing the highest snowfall, the plains are experiencing fog and cold wave conditions. Sandakpur and Chatakpur areas of Darjeeling are experiencing snowfall. The Auli Chhatra Kund in Uttarakhand is currently completely frozen. The mercury has fallen so much that the water has started accumulating. However, tourists are arriving in Auli in heavy statistics for new year celebrations.
Meanwhile, the Met department (IMD) has predicted a change in weather in many states from today (Sunday). According to weather forecasting agency Skymet, western disturbances will start affecting Jammu and Kashmir and adjoining areas from December 26.
This will lead to heavy rains and snowfall in hilly areas which may continue till December 28. There is an area of cyclonic winds in northwest Rajasthan and adjoining areas. This is likely to cause scattered rain and thundershowers in western and northern parts of Rajasthan, Punjab Haryana, Delhi, UP, and parts of Madhya Pradesh between December 26 and 28. In addition, rainfall activities will take place in parts of Bihar, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, and different parts of Vidarbha on 28-29 December. According to the MET department forecast, hailstorms may also occur in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and some parts of northwest India. The minimum temperature in northwest India is expected to be around normal or slightly above normal till December 28.