The cold continue to tighten grip as the high altitude hills in Himachal Pradesh including tourist resort Narkanda on Saturday experienced a mild spell of snowfall and the lower alleviations received mild rain in the early morning.
State capital Shimla also received snowflakes with rain in wee hours. Snow and rain started at 6 on the Saturday morning at Narkanda and places including Kotgarh; Ratnari; Baghi; Kharapthar; Sharontha and in parts of Kotkhai and Jubbal areas besides high hills of Rohru also received mild snowfall. Locals informed that Kharapathar received over 4 centimeter of snowfall till 9:30 am. Vehicular traffic was also disrupted due to snow fall.
Till 9 in the morning around 3 centimeter of snow was recorded in Narkanda, while snowfall was continued at Hatu Peak (11000 feet).
While in Sirmaur district several lower and middle reaches areas were lashed by light rainfall while high altitude areas including Choordhar Peak received moderate snowfall.
Mercury has come down by few notches in most of the places. Shimla meteorological centre director Manmohan Singh said higher altitude areas of Kinnaur, Shimla, Lahaul and Spiti have been experiencing snowfall since early morning while lower hills have been receiving intermittent spell of rains. "Chances of rain and snow are high within 24 hours due to western disturbance," said Singh.
Lowest temperature was recorded in Keylong 3.5 degree Celsius below freezing point while -0.2 degree at Kalpa of Kinnaur district. Minimum temperature at Shimla was recorded 6.2 degree, Manali 0.6 degree and Dharmshala at 6.8 degree Celsius.
Kufri too received 5cm of snow fall.