Entire Lahaul valley seems to have witnessed the onset of winter in March, with heavy snowfall and blizzards striking the valley. Lahaul has received the heaviest snowfall on the season on Sunday.
Till last reports from Keylong, district headquarters of Lahaul-Spiti, blizzards had gripped the valley and cold waves have again tightened its grip. Keylong recorded 45cm fresh snowfall in last 15 hours. Udaipur, Koksar and Darcha recorded 30cm, 50cm and 40cm snowfall respectively. Residents are shocked after this unexpected spell of snowfall. However, farmers are happy to see a thick white blanket over their fields which would help them grow bumper vegetables in summer.
Keylong SDM Raj Krishan Thakur said that the order of heavy snowfall was continuing till late evening and cold has gripped the valley. “More than 1.5 feet of snow has been accumulated on the ground. Power, water, and everything is ok so far. Lahaul desperately needs snowfall and it is better for everything,” he said.
Rohtang pass, Gulaba, Kothi and Solangnala in Kullu witnessed good amount of snowfall since morning. Hundreds of tourists thronged Solang valley to enjoy the fresh snow. Meanwhile, snowfall has badly hit the snow clearance operation of border roads organization, who has started its operation on Thursday with an aim to restore Manali-Rohtang-Keylong highway till April 15.