Mall Road of Manali, hoteliers attending unprecedented inquiry phone calls from
tourists, traffic moving with snail’s pace on several highways and farmers
thanking almighty, this is how Himachal celebrated its first snowfall of the season
in lower regions on Tuesday.
Snowfall in Shimla that started at 8.15am lasted only for 15 minutes, but tourists enjoyed first
snowfall of Manali town all the day. Earlier in the morning hundreds of
tourists thronged Solang valley to see snowfall. Later at 12pm when it started
snowing in Manali town, tourists returned back to their hotel rooms. They
enjoyed snowfall right from their room’s window while some excited enthusiasts
were spotted making snowmen, snowballs and trying to eat the snowflakes.
advance. We are feeling like being in Antarctica.” According to the couple,
they had an idea from weather forecast that Manali may witness snowfall this
week and their decision of being here proved blessing for them.
goodbye to 2012 with such beautiful memories. “We have no time to have our
lunch. It is the miracle of beauty of snowfall that we are feeling no cold.
Beautiful snowflakes have filled our body with warmth. I wish if I could stay
here for some more days.”
above McLeod Ganj and Kufri, famous tourist spot of Shimla, received 5cm fresh
snow. Manali recorded 8cm snowfall while Rohtang and Solang received 40cm and
15cm fresh snow respectively. Movement of tourists was strictly prohibited beyond
Palchan towards Gulaba. Jalori pass, which connects Kullu with Anni and Nirmad
sub-divisions, received 25cm fresh snow and the highway was blocked for
they put themselves in trouble. “We are keeping a close watch on tourists and
locals too. People are advised not to venture close to the isolated areas and
drive carefully on slippery snow,” Manali sub-divisional magistrate Balbir
More snowfall in store for Himachal
to a bulletin released by meteorological department, Shimla, high hills of
Himachal would received heavy snowfall while mid and lower hills would receive
rains with thunderstorms in next five days.
hills of the state have received up to 60cm snow in last 15 hours. Maximum
temperature has decreased by 1 to 2 degrees Celsius in last 24 hours while no
change was noticed in minimum temperature.
temperature of -2.9 degrees Celsius, Keylong was the coldest place in Himachal
followed by Kalpa (-1.2) and Manali (2). Minimum temperature of Shimla,
Sundernagar, Bhuntar, Dharamshala, Una, Mandi, Nahan, Palampur and Solan was
settling at 3.6, 6.1, 8.4, 6.4, 8.6, 3.7, 8.3, 9 and 3.5 degrees Celsius