Shimla: Piercing cold wave conditions today continued unabated in Himachal Pradesh as high altitude tribal areas in the state witnessed another spell of moderate snowfall while scattered rains lashed the mid and lower hills.
The region had a clear day in the morning and festival of Holi was celebrated with great fervour and gaiety in most parts of the state but sky was heavily overcast by the afternoon and strong velocity icy winds accompanied by sharp showers lashed Shimla and adjoining areas.
Heavy rains lashed Shimla last night and the town recorded 11 mm of rains and 3 cm of snow while Kalpa received 10 cm of snow, followed by Theog 10 cm, Kalpa 9 cm, Bharmaur and Manali 9 cm and Keylong 3 cm.
Saloni in Chamba district was wettest with 20 mm rains while Jubbar Hatti recorded 15 mm rains, followed by Shimla 11 mm, Kangra 7 mm, Jubbal and Seobagh and Kasauli 5 mm and Solan 4 mm, MeT office said.
However, day temperatures rose by few notches in lower hills and Una was the hottest with a high of 25.0 degrees Celsius, followed by Sundernagar 22.2 degrees C, Nahan 20.7 degrees C, Bhunter 20.5 degrees C, Dharamshala 20.4 degrees C, Solan 19.5 degrees C, Shimla 14.1 degrees C, Kalpa 10.4 degrees C and Manali 8.0 degrees C, it said.
High altitude tribal areas reeled under biting cold wave conditions with mercury staying between minus 15 and minus 22 degrees C, followed by Kalpa minus 8.0 degrees C, Keylong minus 6.8 degrees C, Manali minus 1.8 degrees C, Shimla 1.7 degrees C, Bhuntar 4.0 degrees C, Una 4.6 degrees C, Solan 5.5 degrees C, Sundernagar 5.7 degrees C, Dharamsala 6.8 degrees C and Nahaan 11.2 degrees C.
The local MeT office has predicted rains or snow at many places in mid and higher hills over the next four days.