WD brings more snow and rain in HP

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Shimla, Mar 13 (UNI) Shimla town and other adjoining areas of Himachal Pradesh received light showers during the second half of the day following overcast conditions since this morning, even as the higher altitude areas in the tribal districts experienced mild intermittent snowfall for the second day today.

Almost all places in the tribal districts of Kinnuar, Lahaul Spiti, Kullu and Chamba experienced mild intermittent snowfall for the second day today following which the night temperatures in the region plummeted to below freezing point.

The Rohtang Pass, situated at 13,050 feet, also was experiencing mild intermittent snowfall affecting the movement of people and goods, official sources said.

Light showers lashed Shimla town and other tourist resorts of Narkanda, Kufri, Fagu and Manali where local people and tourists were sporting woollen clothes following a drop in the temperatures after fresh spell of snowfall during the last two days.

The minimum temperature at Kalpa in Kinnuar district fell below freezing point to minus point four degrees as compared to 2.5 degrees recorded yesterday.

Shimla Meteorological Office Director Manmohan Singh told UNI here that the presence of Western Disturbance (WD) over adjoining Jammu and Kashmir was responsible for the precipitation in the state.

He said higher reaches of the state were likely to experience more snowfall, while light to moderate showers would lash the lower parts of the state in the next 24 hours.

The clear blue sky would only be visible after Saturday, Mr Singh added.

The maximum temperature at Shimla fell by over four degrees to stand at 15 degrees as compared to 19.4 degrees recorded yesterday, while the minimum rose by a few notches to 9.7 degrees following thick cloud cover during the night.

Sundernagar, Bhuntar and Dharamshala recorded night temperatures of 10.8, 9.2 and 12.8 degrees Celsius respectively, while they recorded day temperatures of 19.9, 17.3 and 19.8 degrees Celsius.

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