After the recent snowfall, cold waves here intensified with mercury dipping below the freezing point. Tourist town Manali's night temperature was recorded at 2.6 degree Celsius and it remained without power supply for the sixth consecutive day on Friday.
Shimla meteorological centre director Manmohan Singh said there was possibility of mild snowfall from December 21 in higher and middle altitude areas, while the lower hills would experience mild rain. "The temperature will remain low in high altitude areas," he said.
However, no death has been reported due to the cold conditions in the state, but the snowfall on December 15 has hit communication, traffic and power supply in several parts of Himachal. The roads leading to rural areas remained closed, while Mandi -Kullu- Manali national highway opened for vehicular traffic.
Kullu also remained without power supply for the sixth day as the 132 kv line from Larji to Banjar was damaged near Kangu.
Meanwhile, in Shimla vehicular traffic remained suspended in Rohru due to heavy snowfall at Kharapathar, while the electricity supply resumed in around 90% of the areas in Shimla. Public works department's chief engineer (south) MS Thakur said the road was clear for one way traffic.
Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) official said, "Around 80 routes are still affected across the state. We are hopeful that buses will run smoothly from Monday onwards." The minimum temperature at the state's capital was recorded at 6 degree Celsius.