Shimla receives first snow of the year, brings joy to tourists: The Tribune India


Tribune press service

Shimla, January 8

Shimla received the first snow of the year on Saturday and the upper areas of the city were covered in a light blanket of snow.

Tourists and locals woke up to a white morning. However, the snow was washed away by drizzle in lower areas of the city.

Snow in Shimla on Saturday. Photo from the gallery: Amit Kanwar

Shimla recorded 14.6cm of snow, followed by Kalpa 10cm and Kufri 7cm.

“We are delighted to see snow this morning and have planned a trip to Kufri to take advantage of the snow,” said Harpal, a tourist from Gurugram.

No less than 295 roads are blocked in the state, including 177 in Lahaul and Spiti, 95 in Chamba, 14 in Kullu, four in Kinnaur, three each in Mandi and Shimla. In addition, 168 transformers were disrupted.

The Shimla-Rampur road is closed near Narkanda and Theog-Chopal road is closed near Khidki because heavy snowfall continues in these places, Deputy Commissioner Aditya Negi said, adding that all roads leading to hospitals in the Shimla city are open to vehicle traffic.

The Kufri-Fagu section is also open and a large number of tourists have headed to the tourist resort of Kufri. The administration has advised commuters to be careful while driving.

Apple growers are also delighted because snow is considered white manure for apples. Hoteliers are happy that snow is believed to increase the influx of tourists to the state capital over the coming week.

The local MeT office issued a yellow warning of heavy rain and snow in an isolated location on January 8 and 9.

Keylong in the Lahaul and Spiti tribal districts was coldest at night, registering a low of minus 5.1 degrees Celsius, followed by Kalpa and Kufri both at minus 2 degrees Celsius.


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