Higher reaches in Himachal Pradesh experience snowfall

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Chandigarh, Sep 19 (UNI) Higher reaches in Himachal Pradesh experienced snowfall while widespread rain lashed many areas in north-west India since last night as the monsoon remained vigorous in Haryana and the hilly state.

The snow and rain brought sharp fall in the mercury and both the maximum and minimum temperatures hovered below normal at most places in the region.

Moderate to heavy rain pounded several areas in Haryana overnight with Narnaul turning the wettest place in the state, recording 70.0 mm rainfall till this morning.

Kalka registered 39.0 mm, Hissar 32.1 mm, Bhivani 29.2 mm, Nilokheri 27.0 mm, Karnal 29.4 mm, Rohtak 13.8 mm and Panchkula 15 mm rainfall.

Several areas in Punjab also experienced moderate rainfall overnight. Patiala with 16.8 mm was the wettest place in the state while Amritsar registered 10.8 mm and Ludhiana 2.0 mm rainfall.

High altitude areas in the tribal districts of Lahaul Spiti and Kinnaur and Pangi and Bharmour areas in Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh experienced snowfall while mid and lower hills of the state had rain, plummeting the temperature in the state.

The 13050-foot high Rohtang Pass, gateway to Lahaul Spiti district and Dhauladhar ranges, overlooking the Kangra valley, also experienced snowfall.

Some places in districts of Kullu and Shimla received heavy rainfall, disrupting traffic on link roads.

Moderate to heavy rain lashed Shimla and tourist resorts of Wildflower Hall, Kufri, Naldehra and Narkanda last night. The capital town recorded 42.8 mm rainfall till this morning.

Telecommunication services and power supply remained disrupted at some places in Shimla district.

Solan with 50.4 mm rain was the wettest place in Himachal Pradesh, followed by Suni registering 50.0 mm, Kalpa 33.0 mm, Nahan 31.4 mm, Dharamsala 20.4 mm and Sundernagar 10.8 mm. Bhuntar, Una, Pandoh, Rampur Nagrota Surian, Bhang-Manali, Ghamroor and Chamba areas also experienced moderate rain.

Intermittent rain lashed Chandigarh and its adjoining areas since last night, plummeting the temperature in the city.

The Met office predicted moderate to rather heavy rain or thundershowers in many areas of Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab during the next 24 hours. It warned of heavy rain at isolated places in Haryana and Himachal Pradesh during the next 48 hours.

UNI VKJ SW ND1814

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