Cold settles in Himachal as lakes freeze

Shimla: With winter settling in Himachal Pradesh, the met office today said the high  altitude lakes have started to freeze as the recent snowfall has sharply brought down the temperature.

In the high-altitude areas of Lahaul and Spiti, Kinnaur, Chamba and Kullu districts, the night temperature has been below the freezing point, said meteorological office director Manmohan Singh. “The high hills are registering the night temperature two to three degrees below the average for this time of the year,” met office director Manmohan Singh said.

The Chandertal, Surajtal and Manimahesh lakes have started freezing with the appearance of a thick sheet of ice.

Keylong, the district headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti, Wednesday recorded a low of 1.7 degrees Celsius, while it was 1.5 degrees in Kalpa in Kinnaur district.

The Rohtang Pass located at the height of 13,050 feet and the Baralacha Pass at 16,020 feet on the Manali-Leh highway experienced heavy snow Oct 22.

However, Shimla and its surrounding areas have been experiencing sunny days but the nights were cool. The town recorded a low of 8.8 degrees Wednesday.

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