Shimla, March 14 (IANS) More snowfall in Shimla, Dalhousie and higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh on Saturday intensified the cold wave conditions in the state.
“Popular tourist spots Shimla, Kufri, Chail and Dalhousie received overnight snowfall, while lower hill experienced rains, plummeting the minimum and maximum temperatures by several notches,” Manmohan Singh, director of the meteorological office here, told IANS.
The minimum temperature in Shimla was 0.4 degree Celsius, while it was minus 1.6 degrees in Kufri and 0.1 degree in Dalhousie.
According to him, about six centimetres snowfall had been recorded in Shimla.
“Nearby areas of Manali had good spell of snowfall in the early hours of Saturday,” he said.
The tribal districts of Lahaul and Spiti, Kinnaur and Chamba received moderate to heavy snowfall during the night and the weather remained cloudy.
The minimum temperature in Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti district was recorded at minus 5.2 degrees Celsius, the coldest in the state.
Kalpa in Kinnaur district recorded a minimum of minus 3.9 degrees Celsius with 15 cm of snow.
Lower areas of the state experienced widespread rain.
The minimum temperature in Dharamsala, which received 42.2 mm rainfall, was low at 5.6 degrees Celsius.
With lower hills receiving rainfall, cold wave swept across Solan, Sirmaur, Bilaspur, Hamirpur and Una districts.
The Met office has forecast widespread rain and snow in the state during the next 24 hours.