Published On: Fri, Feb 23rd, 2018

Himachal hills likely to witness snowfall this weekend

Shimla: Wish to witness snow this weekend, draw plans to visit Himachal Pradesh as the state meteorological department has predicted chances of snowfall at many places in the hill state.

Tourist resort Manali, some 250 km from here, saw a low of minus 1.6 degrees Celsius

“A Western Disturbance is likely to affect the Himalayan region on Friday with its peak activity on Saturday,” the meteorological department statement said.

Chances of widespread snow in higher reaches of Shimla, Kullu, Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti, Sirmaur and Chamba districts were high.

Most of the prominent tourist towns like Shimla, Kufri, Narkanda, Manali and Dalhousie, located in mid-hills, may witness moderate snowfall after Friday, the Met official added.

Shimla, which saw a low of 8.1 degrees Celsius, had received moderate snow on February 12 and 13, like its neighbouring Kufri, Mashobra and Narkanda.

Tourist resort Manali, some 250 km from here, saw a low of minus 1.6 degrees Celsius.

Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti district was the coldest place in the state at minus 4.1 degrees Celsius.

It was minus 1.2 degrees in Kalpa, 7.5 degrees in Dalhousie and 8.8 degrees in Dharamsala town.

The weather bureau said rainfall and snowfall is expected at most places on Saturday with chances of heavy spells in mid and high hills.

Low hills and plains were likely to see hailstorm.

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