The recent abrupt changes in the weather conditions made the locals heave a sight of relief from the scorching heat. Where it was boon for the people bringing cool spell of showers, it also stood as a danger in the on-going char dham yatra. The fresh snowfall in Hemkund lead to certain problems on the route for the travel but it did not dampen the enthusiasm of the pilgrims. On Wednesday, more than 4,100 pilgrims paid homage to God in Hemkund Sahib. The heavy rainfall in Kedarnath Dham paralysed states air service for an hour, however the yatra continued without any obstruction through pedestrian route. Light rain in Gangotri – Yamunotri and snowfall in higher peaks has brought the mercury down leaving the travellers in chills. On the other side, weather was pleasant in low lying areas. According to meteorological department, it may rain in Uttarkashi, Chamoli, Rudraprayag and Pithoragarh on Thursday.
The heavy snowfall in Hemkund blocked the yatra route because of which pilgrims were made to stop in Ghangharia. Meanwhile, army and PWD workers along with Gurudwara self-servicemen immediately started clearing the route from accumulated snow. On Wednesday morning, yatra was resumed after the path was cleared from the frozen snow. On the other hand, snowfall in Gaumukh and other Himalayan peaks has brought a steep decline in the temperature of Yamunotri and Gangotri.
Other regions of the state remained overcasted from last three days. Uttarkashi, Dehradun along with other areas witnessed drizzle to mild rainfall. The rolling mercury lent a great relief to the locals from the heat. Weather department has reported the areas of Uttarkashi, Chamoli, Rudraprayag and Pithoragarh may face effects of western disturbances on Thursday.
News Source : Dainik Jagran, Dehradun