Snowfall at Manali, Rohtang, Kashmir, Shimla on New Year 2011
There has been good news for the tourists as well as Hotel and Tourism industry in the adjoining areas of the Hills that IMD or weather department in India has predicted heavy snowfall on the coming days of new year including the new year eve. A western disturbance is likely to hit the Himalayas and result in snowfall in the higher reaches of Himalayas including Manali, Rohtang Pass, Kashmir, Shimla, Kufri, Narkanda etc and rainfall in the lower part of the hills. Hence, all you guys waiting for snowfall can get ready to setup for a snow white new year around the hilly regions adjoining Manali, Rohtang Pass, Kashmir, Shimla, Kufri, Narkanda etc
It’s almost the end of year 2010 and it has been snow all over the world this winters. However, the mighty Himalayas in India still awaits for the snow gods to praise them this year and bring snowfall to the Himalayan hills. Although the temperatures are well below freezing point throughout the hills but there is no respite in terms of dry freezing weather as snow still eludes the region. It seems (at least to me) that for the first time it has happened that there was no white Christmas any where in India including parts of Kashmir, Rohtang Pass, Manali, Shimla, Kufri, Narkanda etc. But, as the weather department predicts the wait is all set to vanish and snowfall may bring cheers / smiles to tourists, hoteliers, apple growers, locals of the hilly regions who are suffering from dry chilling weather up there.
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There is a good news for the tourism industry. The weather god may oblige the “Queen of Hills” and other tourist destinations in the state with snow on the eve of New Year, if the forecast of the Meteorological Department comes true.
In charge of the local met office said a western disturbance was approaching the state due to which light to moderate rain and snow would occur at many places on December 30 and 31. The impact of the disturbance would be felt from December 29 itself when a few places were likely to experience light to moderate rain and snow.
Places most likely to experience snow include the tourist destinations of Narkanda, Manali, Rohtang Pass, Kufri, Shimla and the higher reaches of the state. He said heavy rain and snow was likely to occur at isolated places from the midnight of December 29 till December 30.
The forecast has brought cheer to the hotel industry and others connected with tourist trade as snowfall brings more visitors and the otherwise short tourist season is also extended.
A good snowfall will also improve the prospects of the apple crop as it is considered as “white manure” for the orchards.
In another similar story about Kashmir, there is forecast for Snowfall as well within next few days.
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As the Kashmir valley continues to reel under intense dry and cold conditions for the past several weeks, the weathermen have indicated that a mild to widespread snowfall may occur at different places during the next three days.
“A western disturbance is approaching the state due to which light to moderate snowfall may occur over the hills at isolated places from Tuesday evening, and fairly widespread snowfall at many places till Friday,” Aamir Ali, coordinator of the Disaster Management and OSD of the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir, said here this evening.
“There has not been much change in minimum temperatures witnessed in the Valley over the past many days. All deputy commissioners have been advised to activate snow control rooms from today, and the field staff have been kept in a state of readiness,” an official spokesman said.
He added that the Kashmir valley had been divided into three zones and 74 snow clearance machines had been kept in a state of preparedness. These include 27 for Srinagar, Budgam, Ganderbal; 21 for Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam, Anantnag; and 26 for Baramulla, Kupwara, Gulmarg, Bandipore and Gurez.
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