Higher reaches of Manali on Thursday experienced fresh snowfall resulting in a considerable decline in temperature. According to reports received here, Rohtang Pass,the gateway to Lahaul and Spiti and Ladakh and Pir Panjal range region experienced mild snowfall. Intense cold weather conditions have hampered prooning work in apple orchards in upper areas of Kullu Valley.
Queen of hills experienced around 2-4cms snowfall on Sunday with the minimum temperatures resting at 4 degree Celsius. Rohtang experienced highest snowfall, untill now of 90 cm followed by Solang Nullah with 40 cm of snowfall. Whereas Manali received around 22 cm snowfall. Keylong and Kaza in th district of Lahaul and Spiti received 15 cm of snowfall each. Popular tourist Kufri destination experinced snowfall upto 6 to 7 cm.
Srinagar and other major towns of the valley like Badgam, Ganderbal, Bandipora, Kupwara, Sopore, Anantnag, Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam too experienced the first snowfall of the season.
The valley was reeling under intense cold conditions due to dry weather for the last 20 days.
The intense cold and dry weather conditions brought with them a host of respiratory ailments, including bronchitis, fever and influenza.
Doctors here suggest the spurt in respiratory diseases is likely to abate because of the snowfall which will increase moisture content in the air and also raise the night temperatures.
Heavy snowfall has been reported from Zojila Pass connecting Kashmir with the cold desert Ladakh region of the state. photo credit: Santosh Rawat/HT
The strategic Srinagar-Jammu highway was closed for vehicular traffic Sunday morning because of snowfall in Banihal and Patnitop sectors of the over 300-km long road link between the valley and the rest of the country.