The strategic Keylong-Leh highway joins Chamba area of Himachal with Leh-Ladakh region of J&K has been closed for traffic after fresh snowfall on the mountain passes, reports said.
“Some private vehicles were still plying on this road on their own risk but could not be able to use it anymore till next season after mounting of fresh snow on the high passes”, Mr. Sher Singh district official told.
An official of Kullu district administration said that gateway of Lahaul and Spiti, Rohtang Pass experienced 3 to 5 centimeter fresh snowfall overnight though it is open for vehicular traffic upto Keylong.
He said that Baralachha in Chamba district experienced moderate to heavy snowfall in last few days which closed down the territorial link with Keylong-Leh highway for rest of the season as it is officially declared closed for traffic by administration in mid of October due to early snowfall on high reaches.
Report arriving from Keylong said that high reaches of Lahaul and Spiti valleys were experiencing snowfall from last night as it came down to Mayard valley, Losar, Darcha and Samdo villages in the district. The Lady of Keylong, Seven sister’s hill, Goshal hill, Koksar and high mountain passes were having frequent snowfall as it was clouded.
Snowfall has knocked the door of people 15 days earlier forcing them to stock food items for next six months in advance, moreover district administration is working rounding the overtime to ensure food quota of PDS upto May.
The Keylong town also experienced light snowfall in last few days but it could not mount on the road due to rise of minimum temperature recorded just 3 degrees Celsius showing rise of 3.3 degrees due to thick blanket of clouds.
However, Bharmour was coldest in the state with low at minus 2 degrees in Chamba district. The high reaches of district also reported moderate to heavy snowfall.
Shimla town show sudden fall of mercury as it was 7 degrees last night, Manali 6.8 degrees, Dalhousie 8 degrees, Kalpa 4.6 degrees which was a rise by 4 degrees.
In the middle hills and plain areas Solan was low at 5 degrees, Nahan in Sirmaur district, Hamirpur, Sundernagar in Mandi district and Bhuntar in Kullu district was at 10 degrees each, Una and Kangra 11 degrees each, Bilaspur 12 degrees and Dharamshala 13 degrees, respectively.
The Met office forecast that inclement weather would remain unchanged for next three days as state witnessing severe cold wave owing to western disturbances and snowfall on high reaches.