Coldwave intensifies in Himachal: Snowfall in higher reaches foothills drenched in heavy rains

The Coldwave intensified in the state as high reaches received fresh snowfall and many places in Punjab -Haryana and Himachal border area received heavy pour in the foothills.

District Administration Lahaul Spiti issued a traffic advisory that light to moderate snowfall will continue till this evening in the high reaches. The Administration informed that snowfall also started in Rohtang Tunnel at the North Portal.

An advisory issued to commuters said that the general public should avoid unnecessary travel. 

High reaches of Kinnaur, Shimla, Kangra, and Kullu registered intermittent snowfall which dropped the mercury in mid hills and foothills however night temperature in the high reaches was below the freezing point. 

Shimla and its nearby hills were mainly dry till this afternoon but light rain was also recorded in the evening. Earlier today capital town of Shimla received light drizzle in the afternoon and the foggy and cloudy sky reduced visibility to a great extent. 

People were waiting for the first spell of snowfall in the tourist resorts of Kufri, Manali, Dalhousie, and Narkanda.

Una had 28 mm rain, Dalhousie 19 mm, Bhuntar airport and Nangal 10 mm each Ghumroor(Kangra )and Chamba 9. 5mm Kangra seven mm, and Dharmshala five mm and Sundernagar three mm.

Dark clouds are hovering over the rest of the state and IMD issued yellow alerts in ten districts of the state.

Indian Meteorological Department said that minimum temperature slides by two to three degrees in the mid and foothills and a few areas of Una had light rain.

Due to mainly dry weather in the morning, flights to Shimla operated normally from Delhi. 

District Administration Lahaul Spiti issued a yellow alert for today however barring Keylong -Leh part of National Highway no 3 is already closed via Sarchu and Shankulu in the district.

Minimum temperature was below normal in the mid hills and foothills but normal in the high reaches however average maximum temperature was five degrees below normal in the state.

Minimum temperature of Kalpa 0.2 degrees, Keylong 1.5 degrees, Tourist resort Narkanda  2.9 degrees, Kufri four degrees, Dalhousie 5 degrees, Manali  6 and Shimla 5.8 degrees, Solan 7.8, Mandi & Chamba ten, Una nine, Airport Jubberhati 9.9 , Dharmshala 9.2,  Kangra 11.8 and Nahan 12 degrees.

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