Icy winds add to the winter bite, schools closed
Lucknow: Icy winds at many places in Uttar Pradesh intensified the cold wave in the state on Wednesday, with heavy snowfall in many parts of neighbouring Uttarakhand also contributing to the fall in mercury.
Despite bright sunshine from early in the day, icy winds have forced people to stay indoors, while weatherman has predicted similar weather conditions for the next few days.
Termed as the ‘pacha’ winds, the regional Met office said, these icy winds were carrying the winter bite from the hilly regions which have witnessed heavy snowfall over the past few days.
The morning temperature in the state capital has fallen by a drastic 6 degree Celsius, while the minimum temperature hovered around 8 degree Celsius. The maximum temperature was logged at 21.6 degrees on Tuesday. The skies are likely to remain clear in some parts of western UP.
As a result of poor visibility and fog in western UP, many trains have been delayed by hours, forcing some cancellations by the Northern Railways (NR).
The 15098 Amarnath Express, 14649 Saryu Yamuna Express, 13240 Kota-Patna Express, 13483 Farakka Express and the 14258 Kashi-Vishvanath Express have been cancelled for Wednesday, leading to inconvenience to hundreds of passengers.
Meanwhile, in view of the intense cold wave in Uttar Pradesh, all schools in the state capital have been asked to remain close till January 15, an official said on Wednesday.
The extension of the winter vacation has been necessitated owing to the drop in temperature and concern for school-going children, the official further added.
The order would be enforced on all schools, government, semi-government and private for classes upto 8th standard.
Students of standard 10th and 12th would, however, be rejoining as per schedule.