A fresh western disturbance (WD), coupled with a cyclonic circulation, will possibly induce instability in north India, causing scattered snow and rain in Jammu and Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh. Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim are also likely to witness isolated snow. Scattered rain along with thunderstorms is possible over Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh.
Cold wave conditions will occur in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, leading to ground-frost conditions due to a dip in temperatures. Punjab, Haryana and Delhi will also experience isolated dense fog.
The Andaman and Nicobar islands will witness moderate amounts of rains. However, the rest of the country is predicted to remain dry.
Air quality in major cities across India, especially Delhi, will be in the poor-to-very-poor category. Delhi’s PM 2.5 index is likely to be at 350 or more.
Saturday and beyond
Jammu & Kashmir may witness moderate-to-heavy snowfall on Saturday owing to the fresh WD that has made its way over the region. Himachal Pradesh may also experience scattered rain and snow. Isolated rain and snow is likely over Uttarakhand and Sikkim.
In southern India, Andhra Pradesh will experience isolated rain. Scattered rain is also possible over the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. However, in the rest of the country dry weather will be prevalent.
Air quality will be poor-to-very-poor, especially around Delhi and other major cities in northern, central, western, eastern and southern India.