Today, it has been expected that an approaching western disturbance (WD) is likely to cause snowfall over Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit, Baltistan, and Muzaffarabad. There might be scattered snowfall over Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Reportedly, when the WD moves away under the influence of the consequent strengthening of cold and dry northwesterly or northerly lower-level winds, then cold wave to severe cold wave conditions are likely to be re-established over Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, and Delhi from Monday night or Tuesday. The cold wave might be established over Rajasthan from Tuesday or Wednesday. There are likely to be thundershowers over northern parts of Punjab, Haryana, and Chandigarh.

The IMD informed that cold wave conditions are likely in isolated pockets over Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, and Madhya Pradesh from December 30. “Northern parts of Saurashtra and Kutch will experience cold wave conditions on Monday and Tuesday,” added an official.

Till December 31, there will be dense to very dense fog over Punjab, Chandigarh, and Delhi. Several towns and cities in northwest India recorded ‘very poor’ to ‘poor’ category air quality.