Himachal to get heavy snow in coming week

Shimla: With much of the mid and higher hills reeling under an intense cold wave, the met office has forecast another bout of heavy snowfall in the coming week. Widespread rains in lower hills are expected.

“A fresh western disturbance would affect the region from February 2 onwards and snowfall would occur at many place over the mid and high reaches from February 4 to February 6,” met director Manmohan Singh said.

Heavy snowfall on 17-19 Jan, 2013 in Shimla hills

The weatherman has warned that heavy snowfall is likely at few places in the districts of Kinnaur, Lahaul-Spiti, Shimla, Kangra and Chamba from February 4 onwards.

Heavy rains, accompanied by thundershowers, would occur over the lower hills of Una Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Solan, Mandi, Sirmaur and Kangra, says the met forecast.

A heavy snowfall in the third week of January pounded the mid and higher hills with the heaviest fall in 8 years.

Transport services to most hilly areas came to a halt as the road network including major highways was snowed in and the road authorities are still working to open some of the rural roads.

For the day the sky had a cloud cover over the capital and the neighbouring regions and the day’s low temperature recorded was 4.9 degree Celsius and the high was 14.2 degree Celsius.

The lowest temperature recorded in the state was minus 11.1 degree Celsius at Keylong in Lahaul and minus 5 degree Celsius at Kalpa in Kinnaur district.

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