Indian Meteorological department forecast snowfall in high reaches and rain in few places in next 24 hours owing to western disturbances active in the region which pushed the mercury down of the entire state.
The Met official said here today that few places in the high reaches may get snowfall and rest rainfall. He said that rainfall would also occur at few places in the middle hills and isolated parts of the plains.
Attributing incoming inclement weather to western disturbances laying along longitude 55 degrees east, north of latitude 30 degrees north to western India, he added that rain or snowfall may also occur in next three days.
Mercury was in minus in the tribal areas of this hill state and below normal in rest of the state. Keylong, headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti was recorded coldest with minus 2.8 degrees Celsius, which was 3.8 degrees down from normal followed by Kalpa in Kinnaur at 1 degrees Celsius.
Tourists resort Manali was cold at 2 degrees today, Bhuntar in Kullu district and Solan 5 degrees each, Hamirpur and Sundernagar in Mandi district 6 degrees each, Shimla, Dalhousie, Chamba and Palampur in Kangra district 7 degrees each, Una, Kangra, Bilaspur and Nahan in Sirmaur district 9 degrees each and Dharamshala 15 degrees respectively.
The weather was mainly dry in last 24 hours as state witnessed bright sunshine today.