Himachal reels under frigid cold conditions, light snowfall

  • PTI, Shimla
  • Updated: Jan 30, 2015 18:08 IST

Intensive cold wave prevailed in the tribal and high altitude areas of Himachal Pradesh with sub-zero temperatures and moderate snowfall recorded in most parts of the hill state.

Keylong and Kalpa in Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur districts experienced the coldest night of the season with minimum temperatures dropping by three to five degrees to settle at minus 14.2 degrees Celsius and minus 8.7 degrees Celsius.

Tourist resort of Manali also recorded lowest minimum temperature at minus 6.6 degrees Celsius while high-altitude tribal areas reeled under piercing cold wave as mercury settled between minus 17 degrees Celsius and minus 28 degrees Celsius.

The state capital Shimla and Solan groaned under frigid conditions with the minimum temperatures recorded at minus 0.6 degrees Celsius and minus 0.5 degrees Celsius respectively while Bhuntar, Palampur, Una and Sundernagar shivered at minus 0.1 degrees Celsius, zero degree and 0.3 degrees Celsius and 0.4 degrees Celsius.

Dharamsala registered a temperature of 4.2 degrees Celsius and Nanan at 5.5 degrees Celsius.

The tribal areas and other higher hills experienced another spell of moderate snowfall and Tissa and Manali recorded 18 cm and 10 cm of snow while Chhatrari, Kalpa, Khadrala had 6 cm of snow followed by Bijahi and Mashobra 5 cm Keylong 4 cm; Bharmaur and Moorang 3 cm.

Water pipes froze and burst at many places in Shimla and thick ground frost occured in mid and higher hills making road conditions slippery and driving hazardous.

The mid and lower hills experienced scattered rains and Bajaura recorded 8 mm rains, followed by Bhuntar, Kasol and Baldwara 7 mm, Seobagh 6 mm, Rohru and Tinder 5 mm and Jogindernagar Saloni 4 mm.

However, the day temperatures rose marginally as region had a clear day but strong velocity icy winds continued to lash the mid and higher hills.

The local MeT office has predicted dry weather in the region tomorrow and widespread rains and snow at many places from February 1 to February 4.

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