Snow, rain intensify cold wave in Himachal

Tribune News Service

Shimla, January 5

Normal life was badly hit in many parts of Himachal as tribal areas and higher hills had another spell of fresh snowfall while icy winds accompanied by rains lashed lower and mid hills, causing sharp fall in day temperature.

As many as 322 roads were closed due to fresh snowfall. The maximum 177 roads were closed in Lahaul and Spiti district, 83 were blocked in Shimla and 48 in Kinnaur. Power supply was affected and 110 transformers developed snags following snowfall.

Kalpa and Keylong in tribal areas received 58 cm and 18 cm of snow followed by Khadrala 15 cm, Moorang 12 cm, Kufri, Sumdo and Pooh 10 cm each and Moorang and Shillaru 8 cm each.

Widespread rains lashed the region. Dalhousie was wettest with 30 mm rains, followed by Manali 15 mm, Wangtoo 14 mm, Salooni and Jogindernagar 14 mm each, Theog 12 mm, Jubbal 11 mm, Solan, Shimla and Chamba 10 mm each and Baijnath and Reckong Peo 9 mm each.

The local MeT office has warned of heavy snowfall at isolated places in tribal Kinnaur and Lahaul and Spiti districts tomorrow, resulting in disruption in electricity and water supply and road blockades.

There is likelihood of thunderstorms, lightning and hailstorm at isolated places in Una and Bilaspur districts, heavy rains and snowfall at isolated places in Chamba, Kangra and Kullu districts and light to moderate snowfall in higher reaches in Shimla and Mandi districts tomorrow as a fresh Western Disturbance lies over the region, the MeT office said.

Shimla and surrounding region were lashed by icy winds accompanied by rains and snow as day temperatures dropped by a few notches. Keylong recorded the maximum temperature at 0.4 degree while Kalpa shivered at 1.8 degree, followed by Kufri 4.3 degree, Shimla 8.5 degree, Manali 8.8 degree, Solan 12 degree and Una 19 degree.

322 roads closed due to snowfall

As many as 322 roads were closed due to snowfall. The maximum 177 roads were closed in Lahaul and Spiti, 83 blocked in Shimla and 48 in Kinnaur. Power supply was affected and 110 transformers developed snags

The local MeT office has warned of heavy snowfall at isolated places in tribal Kinnaur and Lahaul and Spiti districts on Wednesday, resulting in disruption in electricity and water supply and road blockades

Likelihood of thunderstorms, lightning and hailstorm at isolated places in Una and Bilaspur, heavy rains and snowfall at isolated places in Chamba, Kangra and Kullu and light to moderate snow in higher reaches in Shimla and Mandi

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