Shimla: Fresh spell of snowfall on high reaches and rain in downstream areas of Himachal Pradesh today brought down the mercury substantially as it receded by four to five degrees below normal.
Chitkul, the last village on Sino-India frontier in Kinnaur, registered about 45 cm snowfall and Rohtang Pass recorded about 6 cm snowfall. However, traffic on the Manali-Keylong road was not disrupted. The 350 km long Hindustan-Tibet highway got blocked beyond Recong-Peo. Snowfall on Kunzam and Baralacha Pass dented the effort to open Manali-Leh road beyond Keylong, which was scheduled to open by May 23.
Reports of snowfall are also pouring in from the high reaches of Kangra, Chamba and Kullu districts. Except Nahan and Solan, all parts of the state received widespread rainfall overnight. Kalpa in Kinnuag registered highest 39 millimeter rainfall, Saloni in Chamba 33 mm, Udaipur in Lahaul Spiti 29 mm, Sangla in Kinnuar 28 mm, Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti 27 mm, Rampur in Shimla 23mm, Sunni and Bajji of Shimla 14 mm. In Kangra district Palampur, Baijnath, Dharamsala and in Mandi Jogindennagar, Jubbal and Rohru of Shimla recorded 12 mm each. Bhuntar in Kullu and Mandi 10 mm each, Seobagh in Kullu 9mm, Kahu in Hamirpur and Banjar in Kullu 8 mm each, Pandoh in Mandi 7mm, Shimla and Baldwara of Mandi 6 mm each.
Keylong was coldest in the state with minimum of 3.1 degree Celsius, four degree below normal, Shimla 13 degrees, down by 0.7 degree, Sundernagar 17.1 degrees, Bhuntar 14 degrees, Kalpa 4.6 degrees, down by one degree, Dharamshala 16.7 degrees, down by 2.6 degree. The minimum of Una was 19.2 degrees, Mandi 12 degrees, Nahan 26.7 degrees and Solan was 17.4 degrees. The Met office forecast mainly dry weather in Himachal Pradesh in the coming 24 hours.