Himachal Pradesh experiences snowfall again, mercury plummets

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Shimla/Kullu
  • Updated: Jan 27, 2015 21:21 IST

Cold wave intensified across Himachal Pradesh as higher altitude areas received mild snowfall, while lower reaches were lashed by rain.

On Tuesday, fog engulfed the town. Tourist places Kufri and Narkanda in Shimla received mild snowfall. According to the officials of the meteorological department here, around 5-cm snowfall was recorded in Narkanda, while Kharapathar experienced 6-cm and Manali received 4-cm snowfall.

Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti received 2 cm of snowfall, while Kalpa in Kinnaur experienced 13-cm snow.

Meanwhile, mercury plummeted across the state by several notches and power supply was disrupted in parts of the state. Minimum temperature in Shimla was recorded at 1.7° Celsius, while Manali at -1.6° Celsius. Keylong was coldest at -8.4° Celsius, Kalpa with 13-cm snowfall was recorded at -6.2° Celsius and Dharamsala at 4° Celsius.

Shimla met centre director Manmohan Singh said, "In the next 24 hours more snowfall and rain is expected in the state," he said. Baijnath received 17-mm rainfall, Kotkhai, Palampur and Saloni 15mm each, Gohar 13mm, Nahan and Bijahi 12mm each, Bhoranj 11mm, Sundernagar, Mehre and Baldwara 10mm each, Kasauli 9mm, Jhandutta, Kasol, Sunnibajji, Kandaghat and Sangrah received 8-mm of rainfall each.

However, 40 roads in rural areas of Shimla, Kullu, Chamba, Mandi, Sirmaur and Kinnaur districts remained closed due to snow.

Tourists visit Manali

Meanwhile, tourists were attracted to the Manali town after it received 5-cm snowfall on Tuesday.

Lower parts of the Kullu district, however, experienced sporadic rainfall throughout the day, which resulted in decline in the temperature.

Meanwhile, warning, to refrain from visiting avalanche prone areas, from the district administration continues.

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