There has been heavy snowfal all around Himachal Pradesh including Shimla, Narkanda, Kufri, Rohru, Manali, Rohtang Pass, Jalori Pass, Dharamshala, Mcleod Ganj and many other partsof Himachal Pradesh. Some of the region like Nurpur, Bhawarna, Nagrota Bagwan, Baijnath Papro, Palampur, Jwalamukhi and Chintpurni, other parts of Una district, Hamirpur etc. got snow after many many decades. Heavy snowfall resulted in cut-off of Lahaul – Spiti Valley for about 6 months, especially Lahaul Valley. Manali and its adjoining areas were lashed with snowstorm last evening and this afternoon. It is expected that the snowfall will continue for two more days to come.
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Shimla, January 7, 2012: Life has been thrown out of gear due to heavy snowfall in many parts of the state since last night as the Meteorological Department today issued a warning of a blizzard likely to hit many parts of Shimla and Kullu districts and a heavy thunder storm in lower parts of Una, Bilapsur, Mandi, Sirmaur and Solan districts.
Life has been paralysed with power and vehicular traffic being disrupted in various parts of Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti and Shimla districts since last night. With an induced cyclonic circulation prevailing over Punjab and Himachal, the Meteorological Department has indicated that the present weather conditions would continue for the next 36 hours. There has been a sharp decline in the minimum as well as maximum temperatures by almost 2°C.
- n Several warm areas like, Jwalamukhi and Chintpurni in Una district experienced snow after decades
- n Kangra got snowfall after 67 years
- n Upper areas of Dharamsala, including McLeodganj and Dharamkot, received about 4 to 5 ft snow
- n Nurpur has witnessed snowfall after 47 years
- n Vehicular traffic disrupted in various parts of the state
Vehicular traffic to upper parts of Shimla district has been disrupted as none of the Himachal Roadways Transport Corporation (HRTC) buses bound for Rohru, Jubbal, Kotkhai and Theog could ply today. Traffic to Rampur and Kinnuar has been diverted via Basantpur. Icy cold winds have been sweeping most parts of the state with the mountain ranges in Chamba and Kangra experiencing fresh spells of snow.
Traffic within the state capital has also been affected with only a handful of HRTC and private buses plying since morning. Power supply to many localities in the town has also been affected due to snow and intermittent rain and sleet since last night.
The minimum temperature in the town dipped further to minus 0.7 °C today from 1.1°C recorded yesterday. The minimum temperature recorded in other parts of the town was Sundernagar – 4.7°C, Bhuntar – 2.2 °C, Kalpa – minus 4.6°C, Dharamsala – 3.5°C, Una- 4.7°C, Nahan – 6.9°C, Mandi – 4.6°C, Keylong – minus6.1°C, Palampur – 3.0°C, Solan – 2.6°C and Manali – minus 2°C. The lower parts of the state have been experiencing rainfall since yesterday, brining cheer to the farmers.
“The satellite imagery shows chances of heavy snowfall in the higher reaches and heavy squall in the lower parts of the state,” said Manmohan Singh, Director, local Meteorological Centre.
Kinnaur DC Sunil Chaudhary said efforts had been made to keep supply of continuous power by making local arrangement from a power project which had ensured supply to Kalpa and Pooh areas.
Heavy snowfall in Dharamsala
Dharamsala: It was like return of the cold wave to Kangra district today. Many areas of the district in the Nurpur subdivision that is located at a distance of about 60 km from Dharamsala and is relatively a warm area adjoining Punjab, received snow after about 50 years.
Many other areas which are otherwise considered very warm, including Kangra, Jwalamukhi and Chintpurni in Una district also received 3 to 4 inches snow after many decades. Snow in the said areas was unprecedented and surprised many regarding the unusual weather phenomena.
An octogenarian from Shahpur, an area located at distance of 20 km from here, said she had witnessed snow in the area after a period of about 45 years. Before that there were reports of snow in the area in 1927.
Snowflakes started falling in lower Dharamsala town early in the morning at about 8 am. The people, who saw snow falling in lower Dharamsala after about 10 years, came out of their houses. After about half an hour, the snowfall stopped and it was replaced by rain.
However, this short break was just like lull before the storm. At about 9.30 pm the clouds once again converged in the entire area and the day was converted into darkness. This started a spell of heavy snowfall that lower Dharamsala had not witnessed in many decades. In about one hour, about 6 inch of snow was deposited everywhere. Snowflakes fell with increasing velocity. The entire traffic in Dharamsala town got choked as snow deposited on roads.
Heavy snowfall continued in the lower Dharamsala for about four hours and as per the official estimates, the area received about 2 feet snow. Due to deposition of snow many tree branches broke and fell on roads disrupting the traffic. The electricity wires also got snapped at many places.
The upper areas of Dharamsala, including McLeodganj and Dharamkot, received about 4 to 5 feet snow. The basic amenities like water supply and power were disrupted. This was coupled by influx of tourists from adjoining states who rushed to the area receiving reports of heavy snowfall.
Kangra DC RS Gupta said six JCB machines had been deployed to remove snow from roads in Dharamsala.
Nurpur gets snow after 47 years
Nurpur: Nurpur and its surrounding areas today witnessed the second snowfall after a gap of about 47 years. It was followed by heavy rain.
According to local senior citizens, this area had once experienced mild snowfall in 1964-65. The snowfall started early this morning and lasted till 9.30 am. Rural areas experienced more snowfall about 4 to 5 inches in comparison with urban areas where it reported about 2 inch. Children and youngsters came on streets and enjoyed the snowfall. The normal life in rural areas remained disrupted as people were not habitual to move on roads covered with a white blanket. The power and telecommunication network was also hit due to heavy rain and snowfall.
Meanwhile, after a prolonged dry spell the incessant rain since yesterday has brought cheers to farmers who are about to sow the wheat crop.
According to agriculture experts, this rain will prove a boon for the farming community. In some parts of the area, mango and amla trees were hit with heavy snow. SS Rana, Associate Director, Regional Horticulture Research Station, Jachh, claimed that this melting snowfall would not harm fruit trees and advised growers to cut damaged tree branches from the bottom as they would originate in the near future.
Dispelling their apprehensions, he said growers were not to worry as this snowfall would eliminate the chances of frost in the area, which was harmful for fruit trees. The incessant rain and snowfall has brought down the day temperature to 3°C on Saturday.
Palampur has first snow
PALAMPUR: Palampur town today witnessed the first snowfall of the season. Even lower areas like Bhawarna, Nagrota Bagwan, Baijnath Paprola also had snow after a gap of 15 years. The entire Palampur region is in the grip of severe cold wave. Besides, heavy rain was also reported in several parts of the region.
Upper reaches of the Kangra valley, Dhauladhar ranges and Chhotta Bara Bhangal experienced heavy snowfall in the past 24 hours disrupting normal life. Power supply and road transport were the worst affected. Entire Chhotta Bara Bhangal areas have been cut off from the rest of the country.
All roads leading to Multhan, Kothi Kohar and Kothi Swar were closed because of heavy snow at different points. Twelve buses and over 150 passengers were reportedly trapped at Multhan as the road between Ghatshani and Multhan had 1 ft snow.
Because of heavy snow and rain, restoration of roads could not be taken up till this afternoon. A spokesman of HP PWD said if whether permitted only then JCB and other snow-clearing equipment would be pressed into service.
He said there were heavy landslide on roads because of uprooting of trees.
An agriculture scientist of HP Agriculture University while briefing mediapersons here said rain and snow was beneficial for the crop. Besides, it would boost the sowing of wheat in non-irrigated areas of the Changer valley.
Snow cuts off Lahaul-Spiti
MANDI: Tribal belt of Lahaul-Spiti was cut off from the outside world as the 13,050-ft-high Rohtang Pass experienced heavy snowfall, while over nine bus routes leading from the district headquaters into Gohar and Karsog sub-divisions in Mandi and Ani sub-division in Kullu were blocked for traffic due to the snow in the area.
According to official reports, the traffic was blocked on the Karsog Rawanda road beyond Sukibai, cutting off the Karsog sub-division from Mandi. The 3-inch-deep snow made the road slippery, stranding passengers or forcing them to take return journey as it continued raining and snowing in the higher reaches.
Similarly, all routes to Janjheli in Seraj remained blocked due to snow. The lakes of Kamru Nag, Prashar and Shikari Devi experienced moderate snowfall. The Ani sub-division in Kullu district was cut off from the district headquarters due to heavy snowfall at the Jalori Pass.
Life thrown out of gear in Manali
MANALI: Normal life in most parts of the upper Manali areas remained disrupted as fresh spell of snow accompanied by high-velocity winds continued to lash the region. Manali and its adjoining areas were lashed with snowstorm last evening and this afternoon.
The vehicular traffic in the upper Manali region was disrupted due to thick layer of snow on the road. Tourists and local residents had a difficult time today on the Manali-Kullu road and Manali-Naggar (left bank road), which had a fresh spell of snow since last evening.
The traffic on the Manali-Kullu road was disrupted at several places beyond Aloo ground, about 5 km from here, today. All the local and long-route buses also suspended their journey at Aloo ground. The bus services also remained suspended between the Manali-Solang and Kothi village.
The power supply in many parts of the upper Manali region was also disrupted.
The 13,050-ft-high Rohtang Pass, the gateway to the Lahaul-Spiti valley, including the entire higher reaches, also experienced the heaviest snowfall of the season. The Solang ski slopes of the Solang valley also experienced heavy snow.
Kangra has snow after 67 years
KANGRA: Kangra town experienced snowfall after 67 years. It was in 1945 when Kangra had witnessed such a snowfall. Residents of the town came out of their houses when the flakes of snow started falling and it continued for more than two hours.
Roads witnessed a deserted look and most people remained indoors. The snowfall was reported from all over the subdivision.
Prem Kalra, a 90-year-old woman of the Hoshiyarpur road, said she was married in this temple town in 1951 and had never witnessed such a snowfall. She said her elders had being saying that there was a snowfall in this town in 1945.
Kumar Sahil, a singer came along with his friends to the tehsil chowk of this town and sang melodious songs amid snowfall. Heavy snowfall was reported from Nagrota Bagwan, Baba Baroh, Dehra, Daliara, Barwani, Kahbli and Chintpurni.
Inputs by Pratibha Chauhan, Lalit Mohan, Rajiv Mahajan, Ravinder Sood, MC Thakur and Ashok Raina.
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