Himachal Pradesh (SunstarTV Bureau): To tourists’ and tourism sectors amusement, Shimla has received the first snowfall of the year on Sunday night.
Ahead of the New Year, the fresh snowfall has brought cheer to residents and hoteliers in the area.
According to latest weather updates, 6-7 inches of snow has been recorded in Kharapathar, Sungri and Khadrala. Kufri and Khidki experienced 4 inches of snow each, and Narkanda 2 inches. Rohru also received 1-2 inches of snow.
However, the MeT Centre Shimla has forecast rain and snow on Monday.
“Light snowfall is very likely to continue in the districts of Shimla, Kinnaur, Lahaul-Spiti and hither reaches of Chamba, Kangra and Mandi,” said Shimla MeT Centre director Manmohan Singh.
Shimla Superintendent of Police Mohit Chawla said that roads in upper areas of the districts including Kharapathar, Narkanda, Fagu, Khidki and Chambi were blocked due to snowfall.
“Roads in the Dhalli, Mashobra, Sanjauli, Lakkar Bazar, Navbahar and Chhota Shimla suburbs of Shimla town are slippery. People should plan their visit accordingly,” he said.
In Chamba, Dalhousie and the upper reaches, including Bharmaur and Pangi, also experienced snowfall.
The MeT office has predicted clear weather on Tuesday but warned of thick ground frost and intense cold wave in the lower hills from December 29 to 31, causing damage to crops.