Himachal Pradesh plummets in minus as snow and Rain persist”
Shimla, April 23

The high reaches of Himachal Pradesh have received another spell of snowfall and light rain, plummeting the minimum temperature several degrees below normal in the minus range. The Meteorological Department has recorded 6 centimetres of snow at Gondala in Lahaul-Spiti district, while Keylong received 3 cm. Additionally, Chamba recorded 15.5 mm of rain, Bharmaur 7.2 mm, and Dalhousie 3 mm. Manali and Palampur both received 2.6 mm of rain. The sky remained cloudy throughout the day.

On Sunday, the minimum temperature of Keylong was recorded at minus 4.1 degrees Celsius, which was seven degrees below normal. Other areas also experienced below-normal temperatures, with Kalpa at 0.4 degrees, tourist resorts Manali, Dalhousie, and Narkanda at four degrees, Kufri at 7.8 degrees, Chamba at 8.3 degrees, Solan and Shimla at 9.9 degrees, Airport Bhuntar at 7.2 degrees, Hamirpur at 10 degrees, Una and Mandi at 10.5 degrees, Kangra at 11.2 degrees, Jubberhati airport and Dharmshala at 12 degrees, and Bilaspur at 15 degrees.

The inclement weather conditions are expected to persist in the state, with the Met Office forecasting rain or snowfall at isolated places for the next three days. A yellow alert has also been issued for more rain and thunderstorms from April 26 to 27 in the state.

Despite the inclement weather conditions, the district administration in Lahaul-Spiti is allowing vehicular traffic to the district to facilitate a large number of tourist vehicles. A press release issued by the district administration stated that all kinds of local vehicles (resident of Lahaul & Spiti) are allowed to enter the district via ATR (vice versa) without any timing restrictions. However, the Sansari-Killar-Thirot-Tandi (SKTT) Road is open only up to Bhubhag due to a landslide, with the road from Kurched and Bhibhag to Kadhu Nallab closed.

All types of tourist vehicles, except two-wheelers, are allowed to enter the district from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM only up to Darcha without any restrictions. Day tourists are required to return by 5:00 PM. Tourists who have hotels or homestay bookings in the valley are allowed to travel in all types of vehicles without any restrictions.

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However, due to the prevailing inclement weather in the valley and the possibility of avalanches, locals and tourists are advised to be very cautious while traveling.


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