Manali-Leh road open for traffic; lakes freeze



Shimla (Oct 27): High-altitude waterbodies and major lakes in Himachal have frozen as mercury is keeping under sub-zero temperatures, while the Border Road Organisation has managed to clear snow from the Manali-Leh road, reestablished link with cloud-burst hit Leh area of Jammu and Kashmir.

Himachal Pradesh meteorological office director Manmohan Singh said that high reaches of the state were registering minimum temperature two to three degrees below the normal for this time of the year. Chandertal (Moon lake), Surajtal lake (Sun lake) of Lahaul Spiti, Shikari Devi in Mandi, oval-shaped Manimahesh lake in Chamba and Nain Sarovaur in Kinnaur have started freezing as hard and thick sheet of frozen water is apparent in these areas.

The minimum temperature in Keylong town was minus 0.6 degree Celsius, two notches down from normal, followed by Kalpa, Sundernagar and Shimla at six degree below normal at 1.5 , 8.8 and 8.9 degrees respectively. Bhuntar in Kullu and Solan were at 6 degrees each, Dharamsala in Kangra 10.3 degrees, Una was 9.6 degrees, Palampur and Mandi 10 degrees each and Nahan 13.1 degrees. Sher Singh, an official posted at Keylong, said over phone that in some areas of the district the minimum temperature has plummets below minus 10 degrees.

The Met official has forecast clear weather in the coming 24 hours in the state.

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