Shimla: The higher reaches and mountain passes
in Himachal Pradesh continued to experience intermittent heavy
snowfall and rains leading to a dip in maximum day temperature
even as the lower hills had some respite.
The higher reaches in Kullu and Chamba districts and
tribal Lahaul and Pangi valleys experienced heavy snowfall
during past 48 hours, completely paralysing normal life while
key tourist resorts of Manali, Dalhousie and Shimla had
another spell of moderate snowfall.
The continuous snowfall in high altitude areas in Chamba
and Kullu districts aggravated avalanche threat and the people
living in these areas were advised not to venture out till the
weather is cleared.
The Chamba town received 50 cm snow, while Dalhousie and
other higher hills were covered under 130 cm and 150 to 180 cm
of snow and a major power breakdown has added to the vows of
the shivering people.
The Chamba-Pathankot highway was blocked due to heavy
snowfall, while vehicular traffic has been disrupted in upper
Shimla, Kullu-Manali, Chamba and interiors of Sirmaur
Two persons were killed in Chamba near Banikhet as
lightening struck during the severe thunderstorm, an official
The mighty Rohtang Pass, Solang Nallah and Mari in Kullu
district, Dhauladhar and Churdhar ranges in Kangra and Sirmaur
and Saach, Chansel and Kunzam passes were experiencing
intermittent heavy snowfall and Rohtang was covered under 170
cm of snow.
The minimum temperature hovered around freezing point in
most places in mid and higher hills, maximum day temperature
plunged to 0.4 deg C in Manali, 1.6 deg C in state capital
Shimla and Keylong.
The local MeT office has predicted dry weather in mid and
lower hills during next two days and isolated rains and
thunderstorms in higher hills and tribal areas.