Heavy snowfall in peaks around Manali and Lahaul-Spiti has brought down the temperature many notches below the normal for this time of season.
Manali on Friday recorded the minimum temperature of 11.9 degree Celsius while the maximum was 21 degree Celsius. Minimum temperature in Keylong, headquarter of Lahaul-Spiti district, was recorded at 6.5 degree Celsius and maximum temperature was 17.2 degree Celsius.
Traffic on Rohtang pass was disturbed for some hours following 20cm fresh snowfall. The adjacent peaks including Shetidhar, Deo Tibba, Hanuman Tibba, Makarved and Shikarved received around 1 feet of fresh snow. Hailstorms continued causing destruction to crops in Kullu district. Hail stones have destroyed apple, plum and peers crop in around 150 villages of Banjar subdivision in Kullu.
Rains, hailstorms and high velocity winds have interrupted the power supply in Kullu. More than 50 villages including Pangan, Badagran, Shegli, Shakeri, Mohila, Gumidhar, Shangchar are living in darkness for last 24 hours. Now after the incidents of cloudbursts in Chamba that killed a person and Mandi district where two cattle were drowned on wee hours of Tuesday, people living near cloudburst prone areas in Kullu are spending sleepless nights.
In the meantime, many lucky tourists witnessed fresh snowfall at Marhi. Rohtang pass in Manali is the only place in India where tourists can enjoy snowfall throughout the year. Discover Kullu Manali have launched a special weather forecasting channel for the convenience of its clients to maximize their chances to see the fresh snowfall at Rohtang pass.