Shimla, Manali may get more snow

Shimla, Jan 25 (IANS) The higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh had moderate to heavy snow on Wednesday but it eluded popular tourist resorts Shimla, Manali and Dalhousie.

The weatherman, however, said these tourist destinations are expected to get moderate to heavy snowfall by Thursday.

According to the meteorological office here, the high hills in Lahaul and Spiti, Kullu, Chamba, Shimla, Sirmaur and Kinnaur districts have been experiencing moderate to heavy snowfall.

The nearby hills of the picturesque tourist resort of Manali, around 250 km from Shimla, have been experiencing snowfall since Tuesday.

Kalpa in Kinnaur district witnessed 24 cm of snow, while Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti district saw 35 cm and Kothi near Manali three cm of snow.

Manali experienced 63 mm of rain in the past 24 hours to Wednesday.

Keylong was the coldest place in the state with a low of minus 1.6 degrees Celsius, while it was minus 1.2 degrees in Kalpa, seven degrees in Dharamsala and one degree in Manali.

The state capital, which saw mid rains in the evening, had a low of 7.6 degrees Celsius, whereas the maximum stayed 14.6 degrees.

Shimla and its nearby popular destinations Kufri, Fagu, Mashobra and Narkanda are still draped in a white blanket with the earlier spells of snowfall.

Likewise, Manali and its nearby Solang ski slopes have good snow accumulation.

The weatherman said there are chances of heavy rainfall and snowfall at some places in the state till Thursday as western disturbances are active in the region.