Himachal Pradesh continues to experience cold wave conditions with the higher reaches experiencing more snow for a third consecutive day while the lower hills and mid hills receiving more rainfall.
The meteorological department official said that the state is likely to receive more rainfall and snow from February 20 due to western disturbance. Tourist spots near Shimla, such as Kufri, Fagu and Narkanda experienced moderate snowfall, turning the hill stations more picturesque. Solang ski slopes, 13 km uphill from Manali, Kalpa and Keylong received more snow today. “The highest snowfall was recorded at Kalpa with 33.2 cm snow, as it is the highest in the state. Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti district experienced 10 cm snow and recorded a low of 2.9 degrees Celsius. The famous tourist resort of Manali recorded a low of 0.2 degree Celsius while it was 6.2 degrees Celsius in Dharamsala, minus 4 degrees in Kalpa and 1.7 degrees in Shimla,” said the official.
After opening of skies, the minimum temperatures across the state is likely to plummet by three to four notches, a weatherman said. Kinnaur Deputy Commissioner J.M. Pathania said that around three feet snow has accumulated in the district’s higher reaches. The dozens of roads in the interior of Kinnaur, Shimla and Chamba remain closed due to the heavy snow and slippery conditions on Sunday.
Sources said that the National Highway 22 was closed to traffic at many places in Shimla and Kinnaur. The HRTC has to cancel around 76 bus routes due to bad roads during past 24 hours. The electricity supply in the several areas of Kinnaur was snapped due to damage to the power transmission lines during past 24 hours. Chamba received a rain of 24 mm, Saluni 23mm , Dharamshala 18mm and Una 16.8 mm during past 24 hours. Paonta Sahib in Sirmaur district was the hottest place with a maximum temperature of 15 degree Celsius.