No relent from snowfall and blizzards, Avalanche threats still loom high


The inclement weather, frequent blizzards, snowfall on the high reaches and threat of avalanches continues in the tribal districts of the State as the Met office further forecast moderate spell of snowfall on the next two days. Dark clouds are overcasting the sky for last three days dipping down day temperature in the State.


Shimla town got 0.8 mm snow and blizzards in the day today increasing the cold waves as the minimum and maximum temperature was recorded as minus 0.4 degrees and 3 degrees respectively. The vehicular traffic to Theog, Chopal, Narkanda, Kotkhai and Rohru is off for the last four days due to two to four feet snowfall.


Report arriving from Manali said that light snowfall occurred in the tourist resort and moderate spell in the high reaches. The power supply also disrupted in Kullu district and many roads in the high reaches were snowbound. The minimum temperature of Manali remained below freezing point at minus two degrees. It recorded 5 centimeter fresh snowfall in the day today.


Keylong, district headquarter of Lahaul Spiti district is cut of from the rest of world since last four days and got light snowfall today and moderate spell on the high reaches. The District administration continue to sound high alert of avalanches in the snow line areas. However no such mishap has been recorded yet. Local MLA Mr. Ravi Thakur demanded early operation of Helicopter evacuation from the Lahaul Spiti and Pangi as they were cut of from rest of world for last one week.


Kalpa, regional headquarters of Kinnaur district is still cut off from the mainstreams and recorded 1 cm fresh snowfall today. The minimum and maximum temperature was recorded minus seven degrees and one degree respectively. The State Government today claimed to open the Hindustan Tibet National Highway to light vehicles and are likely to deploy bus services via Narkanda to Kinnaur tomorrow. Vehicular traffic to Rampur and other low line areas of Kinnaur district continue to divert via Dhami and Basantpur.


The Dhauladhar ranges of Kangra and Pir Panjal Ranges of Chamba recorded moderate spell of snowfall on the high reaches. Dharmshala, Meclodganj and Dharmkot also reported light snowfall and snow flakes. The minimum and maximum temperature of Dharmshala was recorded at seven degrees and 12.8 degrees respectively.


Bhuntar of Kullu district lashed with 2 mm rainfall in the day today and recorded one degree low and 8.8 degrees high. Sundernagar got 0.2 mm rainfall and was low at two degrees and high at 11 degrees. The minimum and maximum temperature of Nahan was at 4.7 degrees and 15 degrees, Una 3.4 degrees and 19.5 degrees and Solan 0.5 degrees and  11.5 degrees and Kangra 8 degrees and 15.8 degrees respectively. A feeble western disturbance is likely to become active on Jan 12 onwards however Met forecast rainfall and snowfall at few parts of the State in the next 24 hours.


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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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