For the second consecutive day, inclement weather conditions prevailed in the state as higher and middle altitude areas received snow while lower hills were lashed with light to moderate rain on Saturday.
Higher-altitude areas, including Manali, Kalpa, Keylong, Shimla and Narkanda, received fresh snow as it also disrupted vehicular traffic on national highway number 22, besides state roads connecting Shimla to Rohru and Chopal. Traffic was disrupted on NH-22 at Kufri, Fagu and Narkanda.
According to the weather report, Kalpa in tribal district of Kinnaur received 9 cm of snowfall, Mashobra 7 cm, Khandrala and Bijahi 4 cm each and Keylong received 3 cm of snow.
Shimla received snow and rain in spells for the entire day. According to the weather department, 4 cm snow was recorded in the town while it received nearly 20 mm of rain in the past 24 hours.
Manali received over 5 cm of snow besides 5 mm of rain. The minimum temperature at Manali was recorded at zero degree Celsius while the maximum was recorded at 6.6 degrees Celsius.
The minimum temperature in Shimla was 1 degree Celsius while maximum was recorded at 5.4 degrees Celsius.
Dharamsala had also received 10 mm of rain in last 24 hours, which lowered the maximum temperature to 14 degrees Celsius. Minimum temperature was recorded at 6.6 degrees Celsius.
Bharmour was coldest in the state at minus 9.1 degrees Celsius followed by Keylong and Kalpa, which recorded minimum at minus 3.6 degrees Celsius. Dalhousie also recorded temperature at sub-zero level.
A Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) official told HT that buses to Rampur were routed via Basantpur while roads were closed at Kharapathar and Chopal. "More than 50 routes have been affected so far in the upper Shimla area," he said.
However, snow clearing work was on war-footing but snowfall made the task more difficult. Narkanda resident Ramesh Rajta told to HT over phone that there was intermittent snowfall at Narkanda since Friday.
The Shimla meteorological centre director, Manmohan Singh said due to strong western disturbance state received snow and rain. "Weather will remain unchanged for the next 3-4 days as strong western disturbances are expected," he said.
Inconvenience to students
Students in the state capital faced inconvenience due to bad weather on Saturday. As it is the exam season, several students had to go to school in bad weather as roads were covered with snow. Besides students, employees also faced much inconvenience due to bad weather.