Heavy snowfall in Kullu-Manali, Lahaul-Spiti

MANALI/KEYLONG: The real cold
and snowy winter season has kicked off with heavy snowfall in Kullu and
Lahaul-Spiti districts of Himachal on Thursday. The entire Lahaul valley is
reeling under severe cold after heavy snowfall while the snow has descended
down close to Manali town.

Fresh snowfall on mounatains near Manali in Himachal Pradesh
Bringing cheers
to Manali tourism, Rohtang pass has received over 60cm fresh snows. Tourist
spot Gulaba, near Manali, has received 10cm snow while snow accumulation at
Marhi is over 30cm. Keylong, district headquarters of Lahaul-Spiti district has
recorded 12cm fresh snow since morning. Baralacha-la in Lahaul experienced over
50cm snowfall. Meanwhile, the traffic on Manali-Keylong-Leh highway has come to
complete standstill. Given the safety of the people, vehicles are not being
allowed to go towards Rohtang pass.

“It’s snowing
heavily here and weather is extremely cold,” resident of Jahlama village in
Lahaul, Amar Dushi, said. He said fog has covered entire valley and movement of
vehicular traffic has been stopped.

Breaking a long
dry spell, lower parts of Kullu district received moderate showers of rain. The
minimum temperatures of both the districts have risen by 1 to 2 degrees Celsius
due to decrease in atmospheric pressure but the maximum temperature has
decreased.

According to
Lahaul-Spiti deputy commissioner SS Guleria, the entire Lahaul valley is
receiving snowfall since Thursday morning. “Residents are advised not to
venture close to isolated mountains,” he said.

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