The trickle-down effect of heavy snowfall in upper regions of Jammu and Kashmir, Shimla and other hilly areas left the residents of Ludhiana happily surprised as the city witnessed heavy hailstorm on Saturday.
While it had been raining on and off since Friday night, hailstorm started on Saturday evening which was accompanied by sleet in some parts of the city. A white sheet of sleet piled up on vehicles, roads and trees, and there was an extreme chill in the air.
Deepak Garg, a college student, said, “I was regretting not visiting Shimla, seeing some amazing photographs of snowfall there. But today it was all covered. We made the most of this short white spell here and thronged the college campus.”
Rushank Goyal, a student, added, “It was an eye candy to see our city clad in white. It is not something that happens as a routine. Roads and cars were all covered in heavy hailstorm.”
Children were seen gathering in parks trying to collect hail in hands to make snowballs. However, the unpredictable weather was not a good sign for farmers in villages with wheat crop in fields. K K Gill, assistant meteorologist, Punjab Agricultural University, told Newsline, “We have to do a survey on how much this weather has damaged the crop. But since wheat crop has still not reached a matured stage, we are expecting very few cases of damage.”
She said that hail was an effect of weather in Shimla and J&K which received a fresh spell of snow on Friday. “The weather will clear by Sunday morning and bright sunny days are predicted ahead. Also, there is no major effect on temperature as maximum continues to be around 15-16 degree Celsius and minimum 6-7 degree Celsius which is normal for February,” she added.