The higher reaches of Himachal experienced snowfall and rains in the middle hills after a new western disturbance broke out over northwest India on Sunday; Manali has witnessed long traffic jams
Winter cold has tightened its grip on Himachal as the higher parts experienced snowfall and rains in the middle hills after a new western disturbance broke out on Sunday in the northwest of the ‘India.
There was moderate snowfall in the high hills of Kullu, Chamba, Shimla, Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur. The state capital, Shimla, also received snowflakes to the delight of tourists and hoteliers, while the resorts of Kufri and Narkanda experienced light snowfall.
The MeT department has forecast snow and rain until December 28.
“There is a possibility of disruption of essential services like electricity, communications and blocking of roads. The general public and tourists can take adequate security measures, ”said Shimla Met Center director Surender Paul.
Long traffic jam in Manali
The famous tourist town of Manali, which experienced a heavy tourist influx for Christmas after a two-year hiatus, was congested by the long traffic jam.
There was a traffic jam on the 15 km stretch from Manali to Solangnala. Tourists wanted to see the Atal tunnel, Rohtang. However, the local administration had closed the tunnel due to the snow forecast.
Only four-wheel drive vehicles were allowed to pass through the tunnel. No passenger vehicle is allowed beyond Sissu on the north portal of the tunnel.
Meanwhile, Keylong, the administrative seat of the Lahaul-Spiti Tribal District, was the coldest place in the state with a minimum temperature of -7.2 degrees Celsius.
Kalpa, the small town of Kinnaur, was cold at -3.4 degrees C. Kufri shivered at -1 degrees C while Manali experienced a low of -0.2 degrees C.
Dalhousie recorded the nighttime temperature of 2.4 degrees C while the state capital Shimla recorded a low of 3 degrees C.
Palampur was cold at 6.6 degrees C and Dharamshala at 7.2 degrees C. Una was the hottest with a maximum temperature recorded at 17 degrees C.