Keylong gets record snowfall


By: ML Verma

Shimla (Feb 14): Keylong, headquarters of Lahaual-Spiti recorded highest snowfall in the last 12 years as inclement weather continued to affect life in Himachal Pradesh for the third consecutive day. Meanwhile, the Met department has warned of heavy rain or snow in parts of Lahaul-Spiti, Chamba, Kullu and Kangra districts in the next 36 hours.

According to district Information officer of Lahaul-Spiti Sher Singh, Keylong recorded 3-ft-thick layer of snowfall, which is highest in the town since 1998. He informed that Rohtang Pass has received 7-8 ft fresh snow, mounting to 15 to 16 ft in the season. Kullu deputy commissioner BM Nanta told HimaVani that tourist resort Manali registered 51.4 cms snow while Solang-nalah, Jalorijot and Marhi got approximately 4 ft of snowfall.

In Kinnaur district, Kalpa recorded 16 cm fresh snow. In Chamba, Killard was covered with 5-6 ft thick layer of snowfall. In Shimla district, Hatu peak registered 20 cm snowfall while Narkanda 6 cm; Rampur had 24mm rain, Kumarsain 15 mm, Shimla 15 mm, Theog 10 mm, and Jubbarhatti 8 mm respectively.

In Kangra district Dhauladhar ranges were having heavy snowfall even as Dharamsala had 19 mm rain, Nurpur 14 mm, Dhera Gopipur 6 mm, Baijnath 5 mm and Palampur 4.4 mm, respectively. There are report of rain or thundershowers from Solan, Sirmaur, Bilaspur, Hamirpur and Mandi districts as well.

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