Shimla: High reaches of Himachal Pradesh experienced snowfall and downstream areas were lashed with thundershowers during the last 24 hours, giving some respite from the heat wave. Kaza valley of tribal Lahaul Spiti district received 75 centimeter fresh snowfall, completely paralised the normal life. Reports arriving here said that many HRTC buses on way to their respective destinations were stranded at various places.
Rohtang Pass experienced 30 cm of snowfall, Keylong 4 cm snow and 14 millimeter rain and Udaipur received 22 mm rain. Kalpa in Kinnuar arecorded 26 mm rain, Tissa in Chamba 8 mm and Saloni 17 mm. In Kullu district, Seobagh 9 mm, Bhuntar 7.7 mm, Banjar and Jhungi 6 mm each. In Mandi district, Sundernagar 35 mm, Gohar and Mandi-23 mm each, Karsog 6 mm, Jogindernagar 4 mm, Pandoh 3 mm. In Shimla district, Jubbal received 15 mm, Rohru 10 mm, Kotkhai 6 mm, Kumarsen 5 mm and Rampur 4 mm.
Due to fresh snowfall, Rohtang Pass was again closed for traffic after being declared open earlier than the scheduled time. According to agriculture experts, rain showers after a long dry spell will be beneficial for mango crop and stone fruits in the state, however standing wheat crop may be damaged due to hailstorms.
The Met office said that rain or thundershowers are likely to occur at few places in high reaches and isolated places in middle hills. However weather will remain dry in rest of Himachal Pradesh in the next 24 hours.
Following heavy snowfall on high reaches, mercury suddenly dropped down in the state as the capital town was maximum at 24.8 degree Celsius, Sundernagar, Nahan and Dharamsala at 33 degrees each, Kalpa 16 degrees, Una 35 degrees and Solan 30.5 degrees.