Heavy snowfall on high reaches: SASE issues avalanche advisory


Inclement weather, coldwaves, moderate to heavy snowfall, rain and thunder storms disrupted the normal life again in Himachal Pradesh plummeting mercury today. Moreover Snow & Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) Manali issued advisory of looming large mid range avalanches in sloppy areas of Lahaul Spiti, Chamba and Kinnuar.


Reports arrived that Lahaul Spiti district recorded fresh spell of ten cm snowfall today. High reaches in the district recorded moderate to heavy snowfall. Rohtang Pass, Kunzum pass, Lady of Keylong, Seven sisters hill, Baralacha, Goshal hills experienced heavy spell of snowfall this evening. All roads in the district are under heavy snowfall since Jan 25 meanwhile power supply is resumed normal in most places of the State.


Deputy Commissioner Lahaul Spiti, Mr. Vivek Bhatia told Himvani that weather is likely to be clear or sunny tomorrow but may trigger avalanches in the sloppy areas of district. He cautioned the people to stay in their home and not venture outside in the open areas. SASE Manali issued advisory that parts of Himahcal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashimir on Feb 22 and 23 may witness medium range avalanches in the Sloppy areas, he said.


Meanwhile Met Office recorded about 25 cm snowfall at Kothi of Kullu, Kalpa nine cm, Khadrala of Shimla six cm and tourist resort Manali two cm and 41 mm rainfall each. Rainfall recorded in Kullu district Banjar 26 mm, Bhuntar, Seobagh & Bajura 25 mm rain each, Saloni of Chamba 20 mm, tourist resort Dalhousie 18 mm. Dharamshala had 20 .6 mm, Jubbar Hatti & Sunni Bajji of Shimla 11 mm each, Chamba 13 mm, Sundernagar 25 mm, Mashobra 10 cm each, Karsog, Sarkaghat, Jubbal, Shimla and Renuka 8 cm each.


Keylong was recorded low at minus two degrees, Kalpa minus one degree, Manali minus 0.4 degrees, Shimla 5.6 degrees, Bhuntar 6.5 degrees, Solan and Palampur 8.5 degrees each, Sundernagar nine degrees, Chamba and Dharmshala ten degrees each, Bilaspur 11.3 degrees, Nahan 11.7 degrees, Kangra 12.7 degrees, Hamirpur and Una 13 degrees each respectively.


The maximum temperature of  Kalpa was four degrees, Manali 6..2 degrees, Bhuntar 14.5 degrees, Shimla 15 degrees, Sundernagar 20.7 degrees, Dharamshala 16.6 degrees, Una 25.4 degrees, Nahan 22.4 degrees, Solan 19.2 degrees and Kangra 20.8  degrees respectively. The Met office forecast mainly dry weather in the next 24 hours in 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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