A cold wave swept across the state with the capital town Shimla witnessing the coldest day of the season, while Manali, Keylong and Kalpa reeled under subzero temperatures.
Low temperature coupled with icy winds made life difficult for peoples in tribal areas, while tourist
destinations Kufri, Narkanda, Fagu and Dalhousie also reeled under severe cold with freezing temperatures.
Western disturbances are still active in an upper air system with induced cyclonic circulation across the state. Weatherman forecasts rain with thundershowers on lower and middle hills and rain with snow on the high reaches during next 24 hours in the state.
"Persisting weather conditions will continue during next 24 hours with little improvement in the middle and lower hills," said the director of meteorological department, Manmohan Singh.
High altitude areas of Lahual-Spiti, Kinnaur, Chamba, Shimla and Kullu districts experienced fresh snow and intermittent rain in other parts of the state during the past 24 hours.
Shimla citizens woke up to a white sheet of snow blanketing the entire town on Friday morning. The town experienced 7cm of snowfall.
The temperature did not rise beyond 13 degree Celsius, 9 degrees below normal. Tourist spots near Shimla, like Kufri, Fagu and Narkanda experienced snowfall, triggering a rush of tourists there.
The Solang ski slopes, located just 13 kilometer uphill from the tourist town Manali experienced fresh snowfall. The hill station experienced about 100 cm of snow which was the highest in the state. The temperature at Manali was recorded at minus 1 degree Celsius.
Kalpa, a station in the tribal district Kinnaur, was the coldest place in the state with recorded temperature at minus 2.6 degree Celsius.
"Under the intense weather conditions, district administration ordered all schools to remain closed on Saturday. National highway is still open for traffic but 10 rural roads have gone off traffic" said Rajeev Shankar, deputy commissioner, Kinnaur.
The minimum temperatures in Solan, Nahan and Una were 3.6, 4.5 and 7.2 degree Celsius respectively. However, Mandi and Dharamsala were warmer at 3.9 and 4.6 degree Celsius respectively.
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