Back to back, two WD’s to impact Himachal weather till January 27 : IMD
Two Western disturbances are likely to impact the state weather from January 18th to 27th, said the Indian Meterogical Department the forecast and alert issued here today.
A fresh Western Disturbance is likely to affect the State from today night. Under its influence light to moderate rainfall/snowfall at isolated to scattered places is likely to occur in higher reaches of district Chamba, Lahaul-Spiti, Kinnaur, Kullu, Kangra, Mandi, and Shimla during the night of January 18 to 20. Light to moderate rainfall is likely to occur at isolated places in low hills or plains during this period. Occasional development of thunderstorms or lightning with hailstorms is likely to occur at isolated parts of the State from January 18 to 19. Thereafter, another active Western Disturbance is very likely to affect the State from late night of January 20 also may increase the rain or snowfall over the State from late 21st Jan to 26th Jan. Under its influence light or moderate, scattered rain or snow flis likely on January 20 and 21. Its intensity and distribution is likely to increase thereafter with scattered to widespread rain or snow is possible, during January 22 to 22. The peak intensity with possibility of heavy rain/snow is possible on 24 and 25.
Isolated spells of heavy rainfall or snowfall is very likely to occur in district Kinnaur, Lahaul Spiti, Kullu and higher reaches of Shimla, Chamba, Kangra, Mandi and adjoining areas including on January 24 and 25. Snowfall is also likely in Shimla city during the period.
However Mercury may improvised by average 3-5 degrees in the State in next 48 hours and no change thereafter.
IMD warned the State Administration and public at large to take adequate safety measures in the light of above. Issuing Impact and weather Advisory IMD directed to take adequate safety measures. Avoid exposure during morning an evening hours. Disruptions of essential services viz. water and electricity, communications and related services in Shimla, Kinnaur, Lahul-Spiti, Chamba, Shimla, Mandi and Kullu.
Visibility Conditions very likely to decrease in State and National Highways and valleys in hilly regions of the State in view of low levelclouds/ foggy conditions during this period.
Avoid going in open areas in view of expected thunderstorms or blizzard. Traffic congestion is very likely in Shimla city and adjoining areas in view of expected snowfall.
District Administration Shimla, Kinnaur, Lahual Spiti, Kullu,Chamba, Mandi,Kangra are requested to be keep watch in order tominimize disruptions of
essential services and also on movements of Tourists in view of expected bad weather conditions in Himachal Pradesh.