Fresh snowfall in Uttarakhand, cold unabated

Last Updated: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 21:29

Dehradun: The intense cold wave sweeping
Uttarakhand showed no signs of relenting with most parts of
the state receiving snowfall for the fifth consecutive day
on Tuesday.

Fresh snowfall was reported from tourist hotspots of the
poll-bound state, including Hemkunt Saheb, Kedarnath,
Mussorie, Nainital and the Nanda Devi National Park, the MeT
office said.

More snowfall is forecast in the higher reaches of Kumaon
and Garhwal.

Mercury plunged to sub-zero levels with Nainital shivering
at a low of minus one deg C, Mukteshwar at minus 2.9 deg C and
Almora at minus 1.3 degrees.

State capital Dehradun recorded a minimum of 3.4 deg C
while Mussorie reeled under a low of 0.3 degrees, the weather
office said.

Authorities continued to struggle for the second day to
clear the Gangotri-Rishikesh route which was blocked at two
different places after heavy snowfall on Sunday, officials
said, adding the road could be partially opened today.

The chill has also started taking a toll on the
preparations for the upcoming Assembly elections scheduled for
later this month, with as many as 125 polling booths being
reportedly affected by heavy snowfall, they said.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 21:29
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