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Shimla, March 21-Delayed rain or snow ends dry spell in HP, more in store

Delayed rain or snow has ended the prolonged dry spell in Himachal Pradesh in the past 24 hrs as it was mainly cloudy and inclement weather on Monday and Tuesday.
The Indian Meterogical department said that situated at a height of 13000 ft in Khadrala 22 cm snow was recorded. Tourist resort Kufri got two cm snow and Narkanda 2.5 cm, Sangla one cm.
There are reports of moderate spell of snow on high reaches of Lahaul-Spiti, Chamba, Kinnaur, Kullu and Shimla district in past 24 hrs.
Report of heavy rainfall is from Sirmaur district as Pachhad got 94 mm rain, Sangraha-55 mm, Renuka-54 mm, Jatton Barrage-53 mm, Rajgarh-50 mm, Solan-61 mm, Dharmshala-49 mm, Saloni(Chamba) 45 mm, Sarahan in Shimla 42 mm, Karsog in Mandi -41mm, Kotkhai(Shimla) 38 mm, Kufri & Rohru-37 mm each, Kandaghat(Solan) 36 mm, Mashobra(Shimla) 35 mm, Rampur-32 mm Shimla-31 mm mm, Arki-30, Chaupal-29, Kumarsain-28 mm, Wangto (Kinnaur) & Jubbal hatti-23 mm each,  Sundernagar in Mandi 22 mm, Gohar in Mandi 21 mm, Janjheli, & Bijahi -20 mm each.
Minimum temperature plummet down four to five degrees below normal as it was 4.2 Celsius at Shimla, Bhuntar Airport & Una 10 each,  Kalpa 0.6, Dharamshala 7.4, Nahan 10.3, Keylong minus 1.2, Solan 7.8, Manali 5.8, Kangra 10.6, Mandi 11,  Bilaspur 13, Hamirpur 11.4, Chamba 8.9, Dalhousie 5, Jubberhatti airport 7, Kufri 1.2 and Narkanda  minus 0.2 degrees.
Met office also forecast more rain or snow after March 23 in the state for the next five days however ongoing precipitation is likely to decrease towards evening today, for subsequent 36-48 hrs.
Another active disturbance is approaching the western Himalayan region on 23rd March 2023. Under the influence light to moderate precipitation  associated with thunderstorm, lighting, hailstorm is likely to commence in HP from late 23rd March 2023 which may increase in intensity and spread with peak intensity on 24th March 2023 and decrease around 25th March 2023.
Light to moderate rain or snow activity also likely to occur in higher reaches of the districts Chamba, Lahaul-Spiti,  Kinnaur, Kangra, Shimla and Kullu during this period.
The average minimum temperatures will be normal for the next 24 to 48 hrs; thereafter  from 24th March onwards it will fall by 2-3 degrees in the State.
LLikelihood is there will be rise in average maximum temperatures by 2-3 degrees in the next 24 to 48 hrs and, thereafter from 24th March onwards average maximum temperatures will  fall by 3-4 degrees.
Warning about inclement weather from March 23 Met office said that in view of expected snowfall there could be disruption of traffic and other essential services in district. Occasional disruption of power and communication facilities in low and mid hill districts of state is expected in view of expected thunderstorm or lighting. Avoid going in open areas in view of expected thunderstorms.
Follow the advisories and guidelines issued by the concerned departments and use of anti hail nets over the crops.


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