Prevailing cold wave conditions are likely to continue in Himachal as weather department has predicted more rains and snow from February 27 onwards.
An Indian Meteorological Department official said that the Western Disturbance as an upper air system would affect the region from February 27 onwards. Meanwhile, the hilly regions of Himachal today experienced clear and sunny weather conditions after three days of snow, rains and thunderstorms.
The minimum temperatures continue to drop in the state with Keylong and Kalpa recording temperature at minus 6.9 degree Celsius and minus 5.0 degree Celsius. The famous tourist spot, Manali continue to shiver due to biting cold wave conditions with a low of minus 1.0 degree, followed by and Nahan 6.1 degree .Shimla 2.2 degree, Bhuntar 3.7 degree, Solan 4.5 degree and Sundernagar 6.1 degree Celsius. Dharamsala and Una saw a minimum of 6.6 degree and 7.4 degree Celsius respectively.
Meanwhile, high mountains ranges area received heavy snowfall with Kalpa recording 10 cm of fresh snowfall while Manali and Keylong experienced 5 cm of fresh snow creating severe cold wave conditions in adjoining valleys.
The high altitude tribal areas are reeling under extreme cold conditions with mercury hovering between minus 12 and minus 26 degree Celsius. All natural sources of water like lakes, springs, rivulets and tributaries of snow-fed rivers continue to remain frozen from past two months. The day temperatures rose by one to three degrees in lower hills but there was no respite from cold in higher hills.