Cold wave tightens grip in Himachal

Cold wave tightens grip in Himachal
Shimla, Feb 6: The biting cold wave further aggravated in many parts of Himachal Pradesh as tribal areas and other higher hills received another spell of mild snowfall while mid and lower hills were lashed by high-velocity icy winds followed by intermittent showers.

Keylong in tribal Lahaul and Spiti district experienced moderate snowfall while snowfall continued in Dhauladhar and Churdhar ranges and high mountain passes, reports said. State capital Shimla and surrounding areas received showers and mild snowfall, causing sharp fall in maximum temperature while Kalpa, keylong, Sangla, Darcha, Rohtang and Dhauladhar and Churdhar ranges received 10 to 15 cm of snowfall.

Rohru had 13 mm of rains while, Dalhousie and Manali received 8 and 7 mm of rains, followed by Bhuntar 4 mm and Shimla 2 mm. The maximum temperature dropped by few notches to stay at 2.6 degrees Celsius in Kalpa, 7.2 in Manali, 8.9 in Shimla and Bhuntar , 11.2 in Solan, 14.8 in Dharamsala, 18.4 in Una and 19.4 degrees Celsius in Nahan.

Keylong registered the lowest temperature at minus 8.9 degrees Celsius, while it was minus 3.4 degrees Celsius at Kalpa, minus 2 degrees Celsius in Manali, 2.3 in Solan and Shimla, 3.2 in Bhuntar, 4 in Sundernagar, 5 in Palampur, 5.4 in Una and 5.7 degrees Celsius in Nahan. The local Met office predicted heavy snowfall at isolated places and rains in lower hills during the next 48 hours.


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