Shimla, Dec 1
Meteorological department forecasts rain or snow in the mid hills at many places and a few places in the foothills and high reaches as the clouds are already hovering in the sky since this morning. Shimla Met Department spokesperson said that two western disturbances are approaching the the Western Himalayan Region ( Back to back ) as the first would affect the weather from Dec 1 to 3 and another around Dec 4 to Dec 6, 2021.
” The state likely to have rain or snowfall in few places in the mid hills and isolated places in the foot and high reaches on Dec 1, 3 and 4, due to the impact of first spell of WDs in the state,” Met Office forecasts. A yellow ( be prepared) warning has been sounded for Dec 2 in the mid hills and high reaches to the State administration and public at large, directing all, to take adequate safety measures as the weather forecast and warning would be valid till Dec 6.
The districts included in this warning are Sirmaur , Shimla , Kinnaur,, Lahaul Spiti and adjoining area in other districts. The Intensity of rain or snowfall could increase from Dec 2 to 3 with maximum amount or peak precipitation around 2nd December 2021.
Warning of heavy snow likely to occur in higher area of District Shimla , Kinnaur , Lahual Spiti , Chamba, Kullu on 2nd and 3rd December 2021.
Thereafter 2nd wet spell would commence from late 4th and increasing gradually on 5th and 6th December 2021. Moderate to heavy rainfall snowfall is very likely in district Shimla, Kinnaur, Lahaul Spiti, Kullu,Chamba and rainfall in district Kangra, Mandi, Bilaspur, Solan and adjoining areas during this period .
The wet weather is likely to be accompanied with thunderstorms or lighting in isolated parts of the state during the both the spells. The advisory issued by the Met Office said that disruptions of essential services may be caused by the inclement weather impacting water and electricity in Kinnaur , Chamba higher reaches of Shimla, Mandi, Kullu.
People are advised to not travel in the snowbound area and avoid going out in open areas as in view of expected thunderstorms and lighting. There is possibility of Landslides also.
The inclement weather may lead to disruption and congestions in the traffic in the hilly areas on warning days. The visibility likely to decrease in view of low level clouds or foggy conditions.
These two spells would end the one month long dry period in the state and the farmers who are still waiting to sow the Rabi crop like Barely, Wheat, Mustard, Pea and Gram etc in mid and high reaches likely to benefit with the increasing of the soil moisture.
The minimum temperature slightly increase in last 24 hrs as Keylong was recorded minus 3.4 degrees compared to minus 4.6 degrees of yesterday, Kalpa in Kinnuar two degrees, Manali in Kullu 2.2 degrees, Bhuntar and Chamba three degrees, Sundernagar four degrees and Mandi 5.2 degrees Solan and Kufri 5.5 degrees each and Shimla 6.8 degrees.
Maximum temperature of Kangra 7.4 degrees, Dharmshala was 7.8 degrees, Palampur six degrees, Una 6.8 degrees, Hamirpur seven degrees, Bilaspur eight degrees, Jubbarhati 8.6 degrees, Nahan 11.8 degrees and Ponta Sahib 10.7 degrees respectively.