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Fresh spell of snow returns chilliness over Himachal


Fresh snow experienced in month of March at the high-altitude tribal areas has once again asked people to wear warm clothes.
With the fresh snowfall the roads in the tribal belt are got blocked while the traffic disrupts in interior areas of Shimla, Sirmaur, Kullu and Mandi districts where rain lashes with cold waves.
However, the extensive Dhauladhar ranges in Kangra put on a white mantle again; the Churdhar ranges in Sirmaur and Rohtang, Chansel, Kunzam and Saach passes had another spell of heavy snowfall. Higher hills of Chamba district, including Bharmaur and Pangi areas, were also experiencing intermittent rain and snowfall.
Manali was also covered under a thick blanket of snow while Kufri, Narkanda, Khadrala and Kharapatthar had fresh snowfall and vehicular traffic to Chopal and Jubbal was vulnerable. The sky remained heavily overcast in Shimla and intermittent rain, accompanied by strong icy winds, swept the region.
The Rohtang Pass and adjoining areas have been experiencing intermittent snowfall since last evening and 60 cm to 80 cm of snow has been recorded at various places.

Kothi recorded 60 cm of snow while Kalpa, Udaipur and Keylong received 21 cm, 17 cm and 14 cm snow. Manali, which was the wettest in the region with 50 mm rain, recorded 6 cm of snow and Khadrala, Kufri and Fagu had 4 cm of snow.
Bhuntar and Seobagh experienced 24 mm and 23 mm rain, followed by Bajaura 18 mm, Tissa and Pachhad 15 mm, Udaipur 11 mm, Jubbal 10 mm , Banjar 9 mm , Dharamsala 6 mm, Solan 3.8 mm, Shimla, Bhuntar and Kangra and Sundernagar 3 mm each.
The day temperature witnessed a marginal fall and Una recorded the maximum temperature at 26.8 degree while Sundernagar and Dharamsala recorded a high of 19.8 degree and 18.6 degree followed by Nahan 16.9 degree, Solan 13 degree, Bhuntar 12.6 degree Shimla 9.5 degree, Manali 6 degree and Kalpa 1.4 degree.
The minimum temperatures also dropped marginally and Keylong and Kalpa in tribal Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur districts recorded a low of minus 5.6 degree and minus 1.2 degree while Manali shivered at minus 0.6 degree. Shimla recorded 4.4 degree while Bhuntar recorded a low of 6.5 degree, followed by Nahan 7.9 degree, Solan 8 degree, Palampur 8.5 degree, Dharamsala and Sundernagar 9.6 degree and Una 13.6 degree C.
The local MeT office has warned of thunder squall and hailstorm in lower and mid hills and heavy rain and snow in higher hills tomorrow. It predicted rain, thundershowers and snowfall at many places over the next five days as another western disturbance lies over the region.

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