Occasional rain and snowfall have often been a regular feature of the hills and plains of North India in the winter season. During the initial 2 months of every year, January and February, the former often receives quite significant rainfall.
2021 has also followed this weather trend. In the starting month of January, mountains of North India witnessed widespread snowfall while infrequent rain in the plains changed the weather patterns. After a brief interruption by rain and snow, the weather has returned back to clear and dry throughout North India since January 7-8. The northwest icy winds are continuously flowing because of dry weather.
Weather scientists say that an active Western Disturbance is expected to move closer to Jammu and Kashmir around January 21 and a change of weather could be seen over the states of North India from January 22. There might also be some effect of western disturbances over Pakistan too causing a cyclonic circulation. Both these seasonal systems are expected to cause extensive changes in the weather over the mountains of North India.
The current weather conditions indicate that light rain and snow might start at some places in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh from January 22. After that, the weather is expected to become a point of people’s attention between January 22 to 24, as light to moderate rain and snowfall might fall at many places in Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, and Uttarakhand with even heavy snowfall at some places.
During this time period, most areas of Jammu and Kashmir including Srinagar, Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Qazigund, Katra, Udhampur, including Vaishno Devi can expect snowfall. Similarly, many locations of Himachal Pradesh including Shimla, Kullu-Manali, Chamba, Dharamshala are also expected to receive rain and snowfall. Many Uttarakhand places like Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri, Gangotri, Uttarkashi, Chamoli are expected to witness rain and snow.
From January 22 onwards, winds will change their directions in the plains of North India over Punjab, Haryana, North Rajasthan, parts of Delhi NCR and western Uttar Pradesh and people will get some relief from extreme cold. Clouds can gather at some places in the Terai regions of Punjab, Haryana and Western Uttar Pradesh and light thunderstorms can influence weather at some places from 22 to 25 January.