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Heavy snowfall, rain affect normal life in Uttarakhand

Auli is hosting a national level winter games next month, and the organisers are elated after the fresh snowfall

Statesman News Service | Dehradun |

With heavy snowfall in the higher reaches and rainfall in most other parts, the Uttarakhand weather threw normal life out of gear on Tuesday. Snowfall was recorded at Kedarnath, Auli, Sonprayag, Dhanualti Mussoorie, Nainital, Gangotri, Yamunotri, Harsil, Jageshwar, Kapkot and Munsyari.

Heavy rainfall too affected normal life. Due to a landslide, the Rishikesh-Kedarnath highway was blocked at Banswada and the Uttarakashi-Gangotri highway at Sukkitop.

Jakholi (Ruderprayag) with 48.75 MM rainfall registered the highest rainfall, followed by Ranikhet (41 MM), Dharchula (37 MM), Ukhimath (37 MM) and Uttarkashi (27 MM).

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Heavy rainfall alert forced district administration in most of the districts to declare holiday for schools on Tuesday.

With heavy snowfall in Kedarnath, the temperature dipped to a minimum of minus 10 degrees affecting the reconstruction work in the pilgrimage town.

Fresh snowfall in Auli (Chamoli) has brought cheers to skiing enthusiasts.

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In the past, due to low and no snowfall, an international level winter games had to be cancelled. Auli is hosting a national level winter games next month, and fresh snowfall provided the organisers every reason to smile.

The Meteorological department has predicted light rainfall across Uttarakhand and snowfall in higher reaches in the next 24 hours.

The neighbouring Himachal Pradesh too reported widespread rain and snowfall in the last 24 hours, as a result of which cold wave conditions have intensified in the state.

Shimla and other popular tourist destinations such as Manali, Kufri, Narkanda and Dalhousie received heavy snowfall since early Tuesday, the second spell this month in a gap of ten days, and it was heavier compared to the previous snowfall. Light to moderate rain and snowfall are expected on Wednesday too.