Shimla : The snow covered resort town of Manali awoke Friday to a bright welcome sunshine after a freezing night.
The mercury fell to minus 5.6 C in the night in this Himkachal Pradesh hill station , while the maximum on Thursday was barely 3.8 C .
The four day alpine skiing premier league ended Thursday on the Solang slopes overlooking Manali . Ace skiers from across the country and abroad crowded the slopes here .
Tourists in large numbers are expected to flock in to Manali ahead of valentineâ€™s day .
The weatherman has forecast a cloudy Saturday and light snow on Sunday . And the temperature is expected to hover between minus 5 C to 6 C .
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