Shimla: Cold wave gripped Himachal Pradesh as several places including Shimla reeled under piercing cold with mercury hovering around freezing point.
Thick fog engulfed Kullu, Mandi, Sundernagar and Bilaspur towns while ground frost occurred in the higher hills and tribal areas in the morning hampering vehicular traffic.
Bhuntar was in the grip of biting cold with minimum temperature at 0.5 degree while Solan, Sundernagar and Mandi recorded a low of 1.8, 1.7 and 2.5 degree Celsius respectively.
Keylong in tribal Lahaul and Spiti district recorded the minimum temperature at minus 2.9 degree while high altitude tribal areas experienced biting cold wave with the mercury staying six to twelve degrees below freezing point.
As per reports springs, lakes and rivulets in high altitude areas have frozen reducing the discharge of water in major rivers and hitting hydropower generation.
Shimla was lashed with strong winds as day temperature fell to 15.9 degrees. The local met office predicted rain or snow in higher hills during next 24 hours