Higher reaches of Himachal get snow, rain in lower hills

Shimla: Higher altitudes in Himachal today experience snow while the mid and lower hills had scattered rains, dipping temperatures considerably, as the people mostly stayed indoors due to the cold wave sweeping the region.

With the forecast western disturbance approaching the state, the day opened to an overcast sky that darkened as the day advanced.

Heavy snow was reported on Rohtang, leaving Lahaul Valley snow bound across the pass and cutting of road links from rest of the country.

Heavy snowfall was also reported Kunzam, Saach and Chansel passes while it was moderate at Kalpa and Pooh in Kinnaur, Pin and Hangrang valley in Spiti and Pangi valley in Chamba.

Whereas Rohtang Pass received 40 cm of snow, in Kalpa it was 10 cms, in Pin valley of Spiti it was 10 to 15 cms and Chitkul, the last village in Sangla valley recorded 10 cms of snow.

Solang, Gulaba, Mari and Rani Nallah in Kullu valley experienced moderate snow fall since this morning and dark clouds overcast Manali and surrounding areas, raising hopes of heavy snowfall during the night.

Shimla received light rain showers through the day, while the tourist resorts of Kufri, Narkanda and Khara Pattar did experience a mild snowfall in the morning.

Tourists, who have thronged hill station were a excited lot as the met office has predicted snow in the days ahead.

As Editor, Ravinder Makhaik has nurtured Hill Post for over a decade. A chequered path had him drift from managing family owned apple orchards, to turning a documentary filmmaker, to a journalist - with India’s leading television networks and newspapers, to boot strapping in founding Start-Ups. He lives in Shimla.

3 Comments

  • Hello sir, I would mind to interogate over ur article, who was ur source to collect the figures abt snowfall at diffrnt places, or u jst shot in air. Hw did u say that Gulaba and Solang witnessed snowfal on Wednesday, Rahni nullah and Marhi ws ok. Keep sharing the facts and preserve the transprncy of news.

    • Dear Sanjeev,

      I appreciate your interrogative attitude. A disclaimer at the very outset – please do not take everything that appears on My Himachal News as gospel truth, there could be errors, oversight or some factual mistakes, which is regretted.

      In response to your query, how and where do you source the information about snowfall figures at different places as it is obvious we cannot be present everywhere.

      For sourcing weather related information, our main source remains the meteorological department headquartered in Shimla, which has weather stations installed in different parts of the state, secondly for Shimla and Kinnaur, I relied on information gathered by making phone calls to some of the mentioned locations.

      You seem to dispute the information about snowfall at two place in Kullu district. For this piece of information I relied on a Press Trust of India (PTI) report (which happens to be India’s premier news agency) that mentioned snow at Gulaba and Solang besides Marhi and Rahni Nullah.

      Please realize our limitations in trying to provide as accurate information as possible within our means and there is no deliberate intention to distort or mislead you or anybody about something as important as this weather report.

  • I guess the met depts use snow collector equipments to measure the snow at different places. In this method, the equipment that I think is of 1-meter of diameter, put at selected places. After snowfall, the snow accumulated in it is melted to water. Then the measurement is confirmed. I am sure the snow is not being measured by ( by met depts ) just gauging the layer accumulated on earth. During my childhood at Rampur Bushahar whenever I used to visit my relatives at Sarahan in winter, i used to measure the snow by putting a stick in snow and then measure it in cm, inch and foot. Quite often it was in feet but if you go by the scientific way, it could had in inches.

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