Yet again, a spell of severe cold has descended upon North India, accompanied by substantial snowfall in the mountainous regions. The repercussions of this wintry weather are extending beyond the hills and affecting the plains as well. Following the precipitation, numerous states are now grappling with dense fog, reducing visibility to zero. The Delhi National Capital Region (NCR) is bracing for a potential dip in mercury.
— ANI (@ANI) February 2, 2024
On Friday, a thick blanket of fog enveloped Delhi NCR, leading to a sluggish pace of vehicles on the roads. Both train and air travel have been significantly impacted, with zero visibility reported near the iconic India Gate. The adverse weather conditions have resulted in numerous flight delays and cancellations at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. Railway stations are witnessing an upsurge in passenger numbers due to the disruptions caused by fog and poor visibility.
Snowfall graces Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, as Khajjiar in Chamba witnesses a serene blanket of snow. The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) anticipates sporadic hailstorms in Uttarakhand, with snowfall observed in various regions, including Uttarkashi, Chamoli, Pithoragarh, and Rudraprayag.
A Chill Setback in the Plains
While the plains of North India experienced a decline in winter temperatures and a subsequent rise in mercury recently, the weather took an unexpected turn after the rainfall. Mershidabad in West Bengal is now shrouded in thick fog, severely limiting visibility. The IMD has issued warnings for dense fog and cold waves in Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, and Bihar. Additionally, several states, including Delhi NCR, face the likelihood of a further drop in temperatures.