By: ML Verma
Shimla (Nov 19): High mountain ranges in Himachal Pradesh received fresh spell of snowfall while the downstream areas were lashed with light to moderate rain during the last 24 hours, the met official said.
In Kinnaur district, mountain ranges of Shrikhand-Kailesh (18,500 ft), Kinner-Kailash (18,000 ft.) and Chitkual village on the Indo-Sino border were having snowfall as last reports arriving here, while Recong-Peo, Kalpa and Sangla areas were lashed with rainfall.
Lahaul Spiti district had fresh spell of snow as Keylong experienced 3 cm snow, while Kunzum Pass also received heavy snowfall snapping road link with Kaza sub-division of Spiti valley. Sach pass in Chamba reported 2-3 ft thick snowfall, dislodging road link with Killar town of Pangi valley. In Kullu major mountain ranges above 10,000 ft height were clad with fresh snowfall as Rohtang Pass (13,050 ft.) Peer Panjal, Mount. Nag. and Jalori Jot were seen enveloped by 1-2 ft. thick snow sheet.
Tourist destination Manali, Shimla, Dharamshala, Dalhousie, Kasuli, Kufri and Narkanda had another spell of rain with thundershowers early this morning while the sky was overcast during the day. Shimla got 13.3 mm rainfall, Nadaun in Hamirpur district had 32 mm rain, Pachhad and Rajgarh in Chamba district had 23 mm and 19 mm respectively, Solan, Theog in Shimla & Solangnala 18 mm each. Sunni Bajji of Shimla & Salouni of Chamba 17 mm each, Manali in Kullu 16 mm, Berthin in Bilaspur 15 mm, Nagrota-Suriyan in Kangra 14 mm, Guler 13 mm each, respectively.
Renuka and Sangrah in Sirmour, Bhang-Manali in Kullu 12 mm each, Jhandutta in Bilaspur, Jubberhatti in Shimla & Baldwara in Mandi 11mm each, Hamirpur 10 mm respectively. Dehra Gopipur in Kangra, Gohar, Dharmpur, Sundernagar of Mandi & Kandaghat of Solan 9 mm each, Bhuntar, Seobagh in Kullu, Mandi, Karsog of Mandi, Mehre Hamirpur & Sujanpur Tira of Kangra 8 mm each respectively.
Keylong was coldest in the state with low at 0.6 degree followed by Kalpa one degrees, Una 12.2 degrees, Mandi and Nahan 11.5 degrees, respectivley. The minimum temperature of Shimla was 5.4 degree Celsius, Sundernagar 10 degrees, Bhuntar, Dharamshala, Solan and Palampur 8 degrees each.
The Met office forecast mainly dry weather in most part of the state in the next 24 hours.