“Winter Blanket: Himachal Pradesh Graced with First Major Snowfall of the Year, Disrupts Normal Life”
Himachal Pradesh woke up to a winter wonderland as tribal areas and high reaches witnessed the first significant snowfall of the year, causing disruptions to normal life. A total of 134 roads, including four national highways, were closed due to the snowy onslaught, impacting travel and daily routines.
The local Meteorological Department issued an orange warning, predicting heavy snow and rains at isolated places on January 31 and February 1. Key tourist destinations like Manali, Dalhousie, Sangla, Narkanda, and Kufri experienced moderate snowfall on Tuesday. Additionally, scattered rains occurred in mid and low hills, breaking the prolonged dry spell that had prevailed.
As the cold wave tightened its grip on the lower hills, dense fog enveloped some areas during the morning hours. In the Lahaul and Spiti region, Kumumseri received 14.2 cm of snow, Khadrala recorded 14 mm, Bharmour saw 8.6 cm, Sangla and Shilaroo had 5 cm each, and Sumdho registered 4.8 cm. Other areas, including Koksar and Saloni in Chamba, also witnessed varying degrees of snowfall and rain.
Saloni in Chamba emerged as the wettest spot with 25.2 mm of rain, while Manali recorded 12 mm, Rampur 9 mm, and Seobagh 8.8 mm. Bhuntar, Sarahan, and Pandoh reported rainfall ranging from 8.2 mm to 5.5 mm. Shimla experienced drizzle during this weather episode.
According to the local Meteorological Department, the region can expect three or four more spells of heavy rains or snowfall in the coming days. Areas likely to be affected include Lahaul-Spiti, Shimla (including Shimla city and adjoining areas), Kinnaur, Chamba, Kangra, Kullu, and Mandi.
While the snow-clad landscapes bring a picturesque charm to Himachal Pradesh, the winter weather also poses challenges, particularly in terms of transportation and daily activities. Residents and visitors alike are advised to stay updated on weather forecasts and take necessary precautions as winter unfolds its icy embrace on the region.**