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Hailstorm in Noida-Delhi has social media excited


Twitter, Facebook and Instagram are full of images of parts of Noida, near Delhi, looking like a snowy town after a round of hailstorm on Thursday evening. Roads and highways in Delhi and neighbouring areas were covered in hailstones.

After nearly 10 years, Delhi and neighbouring areas saw such heavy hailstorm that followed the rain. Excited people posted images on social media of the "winter wonderland". Many people compared Noida to hill towns like Manali and Shimla.

So we finally declare that all those who went to Mukteshwar or Kashmir to enjoy Snowfall have wasted their money. Delhi and NCR are having some fun. Look at these pictures from Noida!! - Shikhar Sharma

Among the areas covered in hailstone were busy roads, traffic crossings and apartments in some Noida sectors as well as the Yamuna Expressway. Weather authorities said this was happening after almost a decade. "This is happening after at least a decade that heavy hailstorm occurred at several areas in Delhi and adjoining areas", said Mahesh Palawat, Director, Skymet. "Areas like Noida, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, Gurugram, and Palam received the maximum amount of hail and rains on Thursday evening, while central Delhi was lashed by heavy rains".

The minimum temperature recorded was seven degrees, two notches below the season's average. At least 12 Delhi-bound trains were delayed by two to six hours due to fog and low visibility.



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