Unseasonal snowfall and intermittent rain disrupt life in Himachal


By : Mohan Verma

Unseasonal snowfall and intermittent rain disrupted life in Himachal Pradesh as cold wave and inclement weather forced people to stay indoor, which also affected commercial establishments.

Overnight thundershowers and intermittent rain disrupted normal life in Himachal Pradesh as rainfall and hailstorm lashed few parts of the state. Unseasonal snowfall on the high reaches and cold wave conditions in the state forced people to wear heavy woolen clothes again.

The Gateway to Lahaul & Spiti, Rohtang Pass, Baralacha, Manimahesh ranges of Chamba district, Dhauladhar ranges of Kangra district, Shrikhand and Kinner Kailesh of Kinnaur district experienced light to moderate snowfall.

The last border village Chitkul in Kinnaur district also had light spell of snowfall. Kalpa, Pooh and Sangla also reported flakes of snow but it did not mounted on the roads. Manali, Shimla and Hamirpur also had intermittent rainfall.

Due to inclement weather, election campaign has also got affected, public places and market looked deserted as people remained inside their houses.

Palampur in Kangra district got 13 mm rainfall till 0830 hours today, tourist resort Mashobra 11 mm, Amb in Una district 9 mm, Nagrota Suriyan of Kangra district, Shimla and Bijahi in Mandi district 8 mm each, Nadaun in Hamirpur district, Baijnath in Kangra district 7 mm each, Theog and Jubbar Hatti of Shimla district 6 mm each.

Minimum temperature of Keylong in Lahaul & Spiti was at zero degrees, Kalpa in Kinnaur district 2.6 degrees, Dalhousie 4.6 degrees, Shimla and Manali 6 degrees each, Nahan 9.5 degrees, Dharamshala, Palampur, Solan and Mandi 10 degrees each, Chamba and Bhuntar in Kullu district 11 degrees each, Kangra and Una 12 degrees each, Sundernagar in Mandi district and Hamirpur 13 degrees each and Bilaspur 14 degrees respectively.

The Met. office forecast rain or snowfall on the high reaches in next 24 hours, however, it would be mainly dry in rest of the state.

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ML Verma is a Senior journalist, with more than a decade of experience of active reporting for electronic media, news agencies and fast paced online media.

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