The inclement weather condition brings mixed affect on the normal life in the State as major tourist destinations in the state got snowfall attracting number of tourists. On the other hand it partly affected life due to shivering cold waves, disrupting roads and communications network in the state.
The Met office told that tourist resort Manali got 6 cm snowfall for the first time in this season. Moreover, Dalhousie, Kufri, Narkanda and Fagu regions in the State also got snowfall. Tourists were keen to rush towards these hill stations before thawing of snowfall lapped the valley and hills in white carpets.
District headquarter of Lahaul Spiti, Keylong received fresh snowfall of 10 cm till 0830 hours today. Kalpa of Kinnuar received 7 cm and Bharmaur (Chamba) received 5 cm snowfall. High reaches of Lahaul Spiti, Kinnuar, Chamba, Kangra, Kullu, Shimla and Sirmour reported heavy snowfall.
The gateway to Lahaul Spiti district, 13050 ft high Rohtang Pass had 3 – 4 feet snowfall. Similarly 14000 ft high Kunzum pass also called as Gateway to Spiti valley became snowbound snapping road link to Kaza block headquarter.
In Shimla distirct Khiraki and Kharapathar received about half feet snowfall disrupting vehicular traffic to Chopal and Rohru partly. Fresh report said that roadway was. High reaches could have more rainfall and snowfall in next 24 hrs however it was mainly dry in the morning.
The capital town was coldest in this winter season recording low at 3 degrees. Mercury plunged to -2.6 degrees in Kalpa, Manali -1.6 degrees and -1.1 degrees at Keylong. Seobagh in Kullu was recorded low at 2 degrees, Una 4 degrees, Bhunter 5.4 degrees, Sunderngar, Kangra and Mandi 7 degrees each, Solan 6 degrees and Nahan 9.7 degrees.
The mercury would fall in next 24 hrs as it would mainly remain dry in the mid and foot hills and rain and snowfall in high reaches, Met official added.