The cold snap continues in Himachal; Keylong shivers at -13ºC: The Tribune India

Tribune press service

Shimla, February 6

Severe cold snap conditions persisted in most parts of the state as minimum temperatures remained below normal. Although snow removal operations are in full swing, several areas in the high hills and tribal areas have been cut off as 423 roads are still closed.

People are walking on a snowy road. Photo from the podium: Amit Kanwar

With the exception of the tribal areas which received light snowfall (Keylong received 8cm of snow and Kukumseri 2cm), the weather remained dry and Shimla and surrounding areas had a clear day in the morning, but the Skies remained overcast as the day progressed and cold winds swept through the area. .

Dense fog occurred in low hills and plains in the morning, while heavy ground frost made roads slippery in high and medium hills in the morning, making driving risky. A landslide was reported on National Highway 5 on the Shimla-Kinnaur road near Urni Dhank, but no loss of life was reported. The road has also been cleared for traffic.

A car stuck in the snow in Shimla on Sunday. Photo from the podium: Amit Kanwar

The local MeT office issued a yellow warning for thunderstorms and lightning in the lower hills on 8-9 February and the appearance of dense fog on 7 February. He also predicted rain and snow in a few places in the middle and high hills from February 7 to 10.

A total of 423 roads, including 149 in Shimla area, 115 in Lahaul and Spiti, 51 in Mandi, 45 in Chamba, 40 in Kullu, 13 in Sirmaur, seven in Kinnaur and three in Solan, are still closed. Meanwhile, the state Department of Public Works said most major roads were opened in record time after unprecedented heavy snowfall on February 4.

Keylong in the Lahaul and Spiti tribes was coldest overnight with a low of minus 13.2 degrees Celsius followed by Kalpa minus 3.2 degrees, while the tourist destinations of Manali, Kufri, Dalhousie and Shimla recorded lows of minus 1.8 degrees, minus 1.2 degrees, 0.8 degrees and 1.2 degrees respectively.

423 roads still closed

  • A total of 423 roads, including 149 in Shimla area, 115 in Lahaul and Spiti, 51 in Mandi, 45 in Chamba, 40 in Kullu, 13 in Sirmaur, seven in Kinnaur and three in Solan, are still closed.
  • Meanwhile, the state Department of Public Works said most major roads, including three state highways, were opened in record time after unprecedented heavy snowfall on February 4.

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