More than four dozens roads including National Highways were blocked on Tuesday after heavy snowfall and rain in many districts of Himachal Pradesh hitting the normal life of the poeple.
The worst affected district with the heavy snow are Shimla, Kullu, Chamba, Kinnaur and Lahaul and Spiti.
Traffic movement beyond Kufri, 15 km from here, was suspended since a large stretch of Hindustan-Tibet Road was under a thick blanket of snow.
The entire Kinnaur district and towns in Shimla district such as Narkanda, Jubbal, Kotkhai, Kumarsain, Kharapathar, Rohru and Chopal are cut-off due to heavy snow, a government official here said.
The tourist towns of Himachal like Manali, Naldehra and Narkanda experienced heavy snowfall on Tuesday.
Manali and nearby Solang ski slopes and Dalhousie in Chamba district too were covered in snow.
The minimum temperature in Manali, with 14 cm of snow, was minus 1.2 degree Celsius, the weather office said.
During past 24 hours, Kalpa experienced a snow of 55 cm, Saharan 8 cm,
Keylong 35 cm Udaipur 30 cm.
The town of Kalpa in Kinnaur, around 250 km from here, experienced a massive 54.7 cm of snow and recorded a low of minus 3.4 degrees Celsius. Rain lashed lower areas of the state such as Dharamsala, Palampur, Solan, Nahan, Bilaspur, Una, Hamirpur and Mandi pulling down temperatures.
The minimum temperatures were 4.2 degrees Celsius in Dharamsala, which recieved 32.4 cm of rain, and 2.8 degrees in Shimla, which got 21.2 mm of rain.
Vir Singh Thakur, Deputy Commissioner, Lahaul & Spiti has advised the people of the district to stay indoors and not to go through avalanche prone areas as the district has been experiencing heavy snowfall.
He said that about 3 Feet snowfall had been recorded at Keylong till 2.30 PM today. District administration has decided to keep all educational institutions close till 6th February, 2013 due to heavy snowfall.