There might be a good news for all the people planning to go to Manali and around to celebrate Christmas, that a western disturbance is predicted to hit the Northern India post 19th December 2011. This means people can expect snowfall around Manali or at the snow points of Marhi and Gulaba. Meanwhile, BRO has finally decided to close the operations of snow clearance for the winter season 2011-12 and means now the roads to Lahaul Valley will be blocked for next 5-6 months or snow.
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MANALI, December 2011: The cold weather condition in Himachal Pradesh hampered the day to day activities in the state as and sky remained overcast on Saturday. Officials of the meteorological department said another spell of snowfall is expected on the higher reaches on December 19.
The residents of Lahaul-Spiti, Kinnaur and Kullu-Manali woke up to a frosty Saturday morning, and tap water reached its freezing point. Keylong was the coldest -5.9 degrees celsius followed by Kalpa and Manali at -2.6 and -1.2 degrees celsius respectively. Temperature in the areas located at 14,000ft is somewhere below -15 degrees celsius. Chandertal lake in Spiti and Surajtal lake at Sarchu are blocks of ice. The minimum temperature and Shimla and Chandigarh is 5.2 degrees celsius.
The director of meteorological department Shimla, Manmohan Singh, said things would be better in the coming days. “Western disturbances originating from the Caspian sea would be active after December 19, which could lead to snowfall on the higher altitudes, but the dry weather would persist in the lower hills.” Meanwhile, the Border Roads Organization has decided not to clear the snow off Rohtang Pass which is located at a height of 13,050 feet.
Nights at Solan and Sundernagar in Mandi are extremely cold and foggy with minimum temperatures at -0.4 degrees celsius. However, temperature hovered around 23.4 degrees celsius in Una.
External Source: Another spell of snow by Dec 19