Shimla: The tribal areas and higher hills of Himachal Pradesh continued to reel under sub-zero temperatures even as cold wave abated in mid and lower hills of the state due to dry weather during the past two days.
The high altitude tribal areas groaned under intense cold wave conditions with mercury staying between minus 10 and minus 16 degrees Celsius while Keylong and Kalpa recorded a low of minus 7.2 degrees and minus 3.2 degrees followed by Manali 2.4 degrees and Bhuntar 6.5 degrees, the MeT dept said.
Minimum temperature rose to 8.4 degrees at Solan and 8. 7 degrees at Sundernagar while Shimla recorded a high of 9.2 degrees followed by Una and Palampur at 9.4 degrees and Nahan 13.7 degrees Celsius.
The day temperature rose by a few notches to touch 29.2 degrees at Una while Sundernagar recorded a high of 28 degrees followed by Bhunter 27.5 degrees, Solan 25 degrees, Nahan ?24. 8 degrees, Dharamshala 21.8 degrees, Shimla 20.2 degrees and Kalpa 15.6 degrees Celsius, two to three degrees above normal.
The local MeT office has predicted dry weather in the region for next three days and rains and snow at isolated places in mid and higher hills from March 25 onwards as another western disturbance would affect Western Himalayan region from March 23 night.
Meanwhile, the Border Roads Organisation has started work to clear snow on Manali-Leh National highway and launched snow-clearance operations from Gulaba near Manali.
The tribal areas and mighty Rohtang and Kunzam passes were covered under 30 feet to 40 feet of snow and a target has been set to open the road by May 15.