MANALI: After a clear sky on Tuesday, Manali woke up to a thick layer of white snow on Wednesday morning. Thousands of tourists enjoyed this moment as a precious gift to them by god but at the same time, school goers and commuters had to face problems, with traffic affected after heavy snowfall.
Vehicles under snow in Manali on Wednesday
Manali town recorded 15cm fresh snowfall. With 45cm more snowfall, Solang ski slopes are covered under 120cm of snow. Kothi village received 50cm snow while Rohtang pass received around 3 feet more snow. Cold waves have gripped the valley and most of the people remained indoors for the whole day. Traffic on Delhi-Manali national highway was partially affected and buses from Kullu could not reach Manali.
Students had to walk on feet to reach their schools. Tourists did not dare to go away from their hotels and enjoyed with snow just outside their rooms. Meanwhile, reports of light snowfall in next few days have scared the farmers and horticultures have lots of work pending in the orchards. They could not get enough time for pruning and put manure to the trees due to regular inclement weather since first week of January.