Snowfall over Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh will intensify during the next 24 to 48 hours. Uttarakhand would also get snowfall and rain during this period. The plains of Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, northwest Uttar Pradesh and north Rajasthan will receive rain during the next 24 hours. These areas will get colder as maximum temperatures would fall by 3ºC to 4ºC below normal in the next two days.
The strong western disturbance (a low pressure area originating in the Mediterranean Sea) has arrived over Jammu and Kashmir and will affect the weather in northwestern parts of the country during the next two days. The cyclonic circulation associated with this weather system lies over Rajasthan and is moving eastwards.
Jammu and Kashmir will have snowfall and rain at most places in the next 24 to 48 hours. Snowfall, heavy at a few and very heavy at isolated places, is expected in the Himalayan state during this period.
Himachal Pradesh will also receive heavy snowfall at a few places and very heavy snowfall at isolated places on 18 January. This holds also for Uttarakhand, which will be hit by moderate to heavy snowfall on the same day. Isolated places in the state may get very heavy snowfall.
Plains in the northwest have already received thundershowers during the last 24 hours. This weather will continue for next couple of days in the plains, as one or two places will receive rain. Hail may also occur at one or two places in the region.
Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, northwest Uttar Pradesh and north Rajasthan will have cloudy to partly could skies during the next two days. So, the maximum temperatures are expected to fall by 3ºC to 4ºC making the day cooler with less sunshine. The minimum temperatures would remain above normal as the easterly winds are approaching the region.
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