It’s raining here since last 72 hours but town could not record accumulation of snow due to rise in both minimum and maximum temperatures which are disappointing the local residents and farmers.
Surroundings of Manali, including Solang valley, Kothi, Burua, Bahang and high altitude peaks, are experiencing heavy snowfall since Saturday but Manali town and other lower regions of Kullu are having monsoon-like rainfall. Three days after the Manali was recording minimum temperature close to 1 degree Celsius, the hill town on Sunday recorded minimum temperature of -0.6 degrees Celsius. Manali had recorded 0.6 degree Celsius minimum temperature both on Friday and Saturday. The temperature in other lower regions is even higher which is not capable to create conditions for snowfall.
Lahaul-Spiti district, where average minimum temperature in January was close to -14 degrees Celsius, has risen to -8 degrees Celsius. Keylong on Sunday recorded minimum temperature of -7.4 degrees Celsius and it was -10.3 and -7 degrees Celsius on Friday and Saturday respectively. Residents of Lahaul are worried a lot as they have seen very sparse snowfall till now this year. One Sunday, valley received heaviest snowfall of the year with Keylong, Udaipur and Koksar recording 8 inch, 6 inch and 18 inches of snowfall respectively.
Solang ski slopes in Manali have recorded 1.5 feet of fresh snowfall. Burua, Kothi and Rohtang witnessed 1 foot, 1.5 feet and 3 feet fresh snow. Manali town had no snow till Sunday evening.