As the weather took a sudden turn on Saturday morning in the state, tourist flocked to Mussoorie and Dhanaulti to witness the season's first snowfall. Dehradun and other places in the Garhwal region also received intermittent rainfall throughout the day.
While rain and snowfall brought down temperatures in Garhwal, the weather in Kumaon region remained more or less dry on Saturday. The Met department had earlier predicted snowfall in the higher reaches in the state.
Bikram Singh, director, Meteorological Centre, Uttarakhand, told TOI, "As per our reports, places such as Gangotri, Badrinath, Kedarnath, Auli and Uttarkashi received snowfall. Hill stations such as Mussoorie and Dhanaulti also received the season's first snowfall."
The state capital received 14.6mm rainfall while around 10.8mm rain was recorded in Tehri.
The snowfall led Dehradun residents and other tourists to rush towards Mussoorie. A college student, Shubham Negi, said, "I have been waiting for snowfall since the beginning of the year and now I am going to Mussoorie with my friends to enjoy the snow."
Tourists flocked to the popular Char Dukaan area, which received around 4 inches of snow and Lal Tibba, which witnessed at least eight inches of snow.
'It's been a busy day since morning. Most people want pakoras, maggi and ginger tea," said a beaming Khem Singh Kharola who runs a snack shop in Char Dukaan area.
While tourists were seen throwing snowballs at each other, others posed for pictures. However, it was the children who seemed to be having the best time.
Sharanya, an eight-year-old who was trying to build a snowman said, "I absolutely love playing with snow. I can barely feel my hands though," she said. TOI