All three luxurious resorts of north India witnessed 1st snowfall of the season in quick succession. City of houseboats-Srinagar, gateway to adventure sports-Manali and queen of mountains- Shimla received maiden snow of the season on 04th, 05th and 08th Jan2022 respectively. Though the event was delayed, but rather heavy to compensate, at all 3 locations.
The snow trail travelled to Uttarakhand also, lashing mid and the higher reaches on the weekend. Popular locations like Chakrate, Chamoli and Uttarkashi received snowfall in the upper areas. Chamba-Mussorie road was closed briefly for clearing snow.
The opening week of Jan 2022 accounted for snowy imprint across the Western Himalayas, covering Pir-Panjal, Dhauladhar, and Shivalik ranges. Cold day and cold wave conditions have intensified across the region. Srinagar, Gulmarg, Shimla and Mukteshwar have dropped to sub zero temperatures with white-on-white screen, freezing couple of water bodies, including Dal Lake. The opening week of January has made up for the scanty rain and snow in December.
Fluffy snow is likely to observe a break, at least till 18thJan. The western disturbance is vacating the hills shortly. The induced cyclonic circulation over Rajasthan has shifted eastward and dragged the rainfall belt over the central and eastern parts for the next 4-5days. The remnant of the earlier weather system will continue to have cloudy sky with few spells of rain in the next 24hr across for the mountains, particularly over Uttarakhand.
Cold conditions will tighten grip resulting plunging of mercury to below freeze at many places. It is rather difficult to predict arrival of the next weather system and intensity. The preliminary estimates suggest the weather action not before 18thJan. Also, the ingression could be mild and scattered covering mostly mid and higher reaches. Plains and foothills of North India will remain out of action till 20thJan2022.