Heavy snowfall has been reported from higher altitude areas of Himachal Pradesh today (Saturday). Snowfall has been reported from higher reaches of Chamba, Kullu, Lahul Spiti and Kinnaur districts.
Over 2 feet of snow was reported from Pangi in Chamba district and Rohtang Pass in Kullu district when reports last came in. Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti had snow deposits of six inches, Udaipur and Koksar in the same district had up to nine inches and one foot of snow, the Met office said.
Heavy snowfall in the higher reaches resulted in dip in temperatures across the state considerably.
Manmohan Singh, director of the meteorological office in Shimla was quoted in the media saying “The high peaks of Lahaul and Spiti, Kullu and Chamba districts have been experiencing heavy snowfall since morning.”
Singh said that due to western disturbances hovering over entire Norther India, heavy snowfall is likely to occur at higher reaches in Himachal Pradesh.
The weather bureau has already asked tourists to avoid venturing out in higher reaches from Feb 7-9.
Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti district was the coldest place in the state. The temperature here was minus 8.9 degrees Celsius. Night temperature at Kalpa in Kinnaur district was recorded at minus 2 degrees, whereas Shimla recorded a low of 7.5 degrees Celsius.
Farmers all across the state are eagerly waiting for the fresh round of snow and rains as it has been a dry winters till now. The Met office forecast rain or thundershower at many places in lower and middle hills while high hills could witness rain or snow tomorrow.