Kufri and Narkanda experience light snowfall, SASE issues avalanche warning in HP


After three days of rain and snowfall, the Snow and Avalanches Study Establishment (SASE) Manali issued alert of avalanches in parts of Lahaul Spiti moreover the cold waves intensified as minimum temperature plunged by five to six degrees below normal and its many areas recorded cold at minus 15 to 16 degrees.


The high reaches like 13050 ft Rohtang Pass, Kunzum Pass, Lady of Keylong and Seven sisters hills in Lahaul Spiti, Kinner and Shrikhand Kailesh of Kinnuar, Churdhar and Haripurdhar of Sirmour, Chanshal pass and Khadrala of Shimla,, Dhauladhar ranges of Knagra distirct, Manimesh and Pangi subdivision of Chamba, Jalori jot of Kullu recorded moderate spell of snowfall.


SASE issued alert of mid range avalanches in Lahaul Spiti after five to six feet snowfall. People were issue advisory to keep inside their home and clear snow from there roof tops. High reaches of  tourist resort Manali got fresh spell of snowfall however the main town got about 14 mm rainfall. Kalpa in Kinnuar had three centimeter fresh snowfall overnight.


Tourist resort Kufri and Narakanda experienced about two to three centimeter snowfall however it thaw in till noon today. Shimla town got four mm rainfall and snowflake last evening dipping down the mercury by 3.3 degrees. Mandi got 20 mm and Sundernagar 21 mm, Bhuntar 17 mm and Kangra three mm rainfall. District headquarter Keylong which is cut of from rest of world was low at minus eight degrees, Kalpa minus 3.4 degrees, Manali minus 0.8 degrees,  Shimla 3.3 degrees and coldest of this month. Bhuntar recorded minimum at  3.4 degrees, Solan five degrees, Sundernagar 5.5 degrees,  Mandi 7.4 degrees, Kangra eight degrees, Dharmshala nine degrees, Nahan of Sirmour 9 .4 degrees and Una 10 degrees respectively.


Met office forecast mainly dry weather in the next 24 hours however it was partly cloudy today.

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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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