Snow, rain lash region
Wintry conditions held sway over the state as rain and snow continued to lash the region for the third consecutive day today.
Trees were uprooted and power lines snapped as a severe storm accompanied by lightning lashed Shimla and other parts of the state last night. The power supply was affected as lightning caused fire in the Idgah substation last night. Employees who lived nearby managed to put out the fire but the 11 kv supply was disrupted. While the employees of the electricity board were busy restoring the substation, the 33kv mainline from Jatogh snapped. Consequently, power supply remained affected until the evening. Stormy weather also affected power and telecommunications in parts of adjoining Solan district.
Kalpa had 13.4 cm of snow and Keylong, which recorded the lowest minimum temperature of minus (-) 3.1 degree Celsius, had 8 cm. However, Kalpa recorded the lowest maximum temperature of 3 degree Celsius. The Manali region witnessed a fresh spell of snow today. Snow and rain continued to affect the life of the residents for the third consecutive day.
The higher reaches in the Kullu valley, including the 13,050 ft high Rohtang pass, the gateway to Lahaul and Spiti, Pir Panjal rages, Mahri meadows, Gulaba, Kothi, Brighu slopes, Hamta ski slopes, Beas kund region, Dhundi and Chander khani pass also experienced moderate to heavy snowfall.
However, snowfall and rain could not deter enthusiastic tourists, who were seen thronging different places in and around Manali.
Vehicular traffic was also disrupted due to snow at several points near Nehru Kund.
Chamba: The state highway connecting Chamba with Killar, the sub-divisional headquarters of Pangi tribal valley, which had been blocked at Sansari Nala due to heavy snowfall has been reopened via the Jammu and Kashmir route today.
According to the local met office, the effect of the western disturbances will continue for the next two days.