By : Mohan Verma
Prevailing inclement weather brought snowfall on high reaches, hail storm at few places and widespread rainfall in the state disrupted normal life after increasing cold-wave, grounding Ravi crops and affecting power and water supply during last 24 hours.
The unseasonal snowfall experienced on the high reaches of Kullu, Kinnaur, Lahaul & Spiti, Kangra, district brought down night temperature drastically.
Dhauladhar ranges of Kangra, Manimahesh of Chamba district, Rohtang Pass, Baralacha, Seven Sisters’ hill, Lady of Keylong, Goshal hills, Kinner and Shrikhand Kailesh of Kinnaur district had moderate spell of snowfall.
Saluni in Chamba district had 38 mm rain, Manali 32 mm, Chamba 28 mm, Jubbal in Shimla district, Dalhousie and Kotkhai in Shimla district 26 mm each.
Ghamroor in Bilaspur district recorded 21 mm rainfall, Kasol 20 mm, Gohar in Mandi district 19 mm, Gaggal in Kangra and Bharmaur in Chamba district 18 mm each, Bijahi in Mandi district 17 mm, Seobagh in Kullu district and Kumarsain in Shimla district 16 mm each, Bhuntar in Kullu district 14 mm and Bajaura 13 mm.
Shimla town had 12 mm rain but its nearby areas got hailstorms which affected barley, wheat, mustard and other crops dashing to ground, the stone fruits, pink buds and blush in the other fruits and trees were damaged by the hailstorm.
The power supply remained off after tripping of transformer and falling down of power span after wind storm at some parts of Shimla town and also disrupted the water supply.
Bharmaur in Chamba district was recorded as the coldest place of this state, where minimum temperature was minus 3 degrees. Keylong in Lahaul & Spiti district had 4 cm fresh snowfall in last 24 hours and minimum temperature recorded was minus 2 degrees.
Kalpa in Kinnaur district was low at zero degrees, Manali 1.6 degrees, Dalhousie 3 degrees, Bhuntar 5 degrees, Chamba 6 degrees, Shimla 7 degrees, Sundernagar in Mandi district, Kangra and Hamirpur 8 degrees each, Dharamshala and Una 9 degrees each, Palampur in Kangra district, Bilaspur and Mandi 10 degrees each and Nahan 12 degrees.
The Met office forecast mainly dry weather in next 24 hours.