Dehradun: Hundreds of pilgrims enrooted to Kedarnath shrine were stopped at Sonprayag near Gaurikund-the last motorhead on the Kedarnath yatra route- due to in- clement weather conditions at the shrine town.
“The pilgrims were stopped due to bad weather at Kedarnath. Heavy snowfall lashed the shrine on Thursday night as well,” said NK Raj war, district disaster management officer, Rudraprayag.
However, the pilgrims were allowed to proceed for the yatra after a wait of several hours, as soon as the weather cleared in the afternoon, according to the officials. Ever since the portals of Kedarnath were opened on April 25, as many as 44,892 pilgrims have visited the Himalayan shrine, according to the Rudraprayag district admonish- traction. Weather is expected to continue being a major factor in the yatra in the coming few days as the regional meteorological entre has predicted more snowfall at Kadar Valley from April 29 onwards.
“Rain, thunderstorm and snow activity will intensify from April 29, and we might see snow accumulating up to three feet at Kadar Valley till May 3,” said Bikram Singh, director of the regional meteorological centre.
Singh added that most of the high-altitude places situated at 3,500m and above in the hilly districts will receive fresh snowfall, while the foothills and plains will witness rain and thunderstorm activity.
As a result, the temper- matures in the Char Dham towns of Gangotri, Yamunotri, Badrinath and Kedarnath will witness a significant drop and mercury is expected to plunge to sub-zero levels during nights, said Met officials.