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Keylong records 60 cm snow; thunderstorm, rains in lower hills

chandigarh Updated: Mar 05, 2012 12:33 IST

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Keylong, the headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti district, received 60 cm snow while the westerly wind brought thunderstorm and showers in the lower altitude areas of Himachal Pradesh.

Lahaul and Spiti district spokesman Sher Singh said snow once again covered the entire Keylong valley where 60 cm snowfall was recorded till Monday morning.

The 13500-ft-high Rohtang Pass, Lady of Keylong and Seven Sisters hill in Lahaul and Spiti district recorded very heavy snow, dashing the hope of Border Roads Organisation (BRO) to open Manali-Leh road for vehicular traffic till April.

Manimahesh mountain ranges in Chamba district and Dhauladhar in Kangra district also reported moderate to heavy snowfall.

Reports of snowfall were also received from higher reaches of Kinnaur, Kullu and Shimla district.

Low velocity thunderstorm hit entire downstream areas bringing rain showers with a hazy and overcast sky.

This capital town and its nearby areas registered 2 mm rain.

Avalanche threat loomed large over many towns and villages of Kullu and Lahaul and Spiti district following heavy snowfall while the Met office forecast more rain or snow in parts of the state in the next 24 hours.