The weather has changed in Himachal Pradesh, which was waiting for rain and snowfall. Western disturbance has become active in Himachal Pradesh. Due to its effect, snowfall has started in the high mountain areas.
Intermittent snowfall is occurring on the mountain ranges of Lahaul-Spiti, Kinnaur, Chamba and Kullu districts on Tuesday. Due to this, the chill has increased in the state. Today there was sunshine in the plains of the state including the capital Shimla, but the cold continued. Meteorological Center Shimla has issued an orange alert of heavy snowfall in the state for the next two days.
This year, for the first time in the winter season, Orange Alert has been issued in Himachal Pradesh. According to the Meteorological Department, there is a possibility of heavy rain and snowfall in the state from the night of January 30 to February 1. Orange alert has been issued for heavy snowfall in central mountainous and high mountainous areas on 31 January and 01 February.
Director of Meteorological Center, Shimla, Surendra Paul says that on January 31, there will be an orange alert of heavy snowfall in Chamba, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Kangra, Lahaul Spiti and Kinnaur. There will be orange alert in Chamba, Kullu, Kangra and Lahaul-Spiti on 01 February. The weather will clear in the plains and central mountain areas on February 2. Whereas snowfall may occur in high mountain areas. The weather will remain bad in the entire state on 3rd and 4th February, but there will be no alert.
The Meteorological Department has asked the government and administration to remain alert, fearing widespread snowfall in the hilly areas of the state due to disruption in transportation, electricity and drinking water supply in the next two days. Apart from vehicles, heli services can also be affected due to snowfall. There is also a possibility of a drastic drop in the temperature.
The minimum temperature in three cities was recorded at minus on Tuesday. Kukumseri in Lahaul-Spiti district was the coldest place, where the minimum mercury was recorded at -4.9 degrees Celsius. Similarly, the mercury was -4.2 degrees in Samdho, -2.6 degrees in Kalpa, 0.3 in Reckong Peo, 0.4 in Narkanda, 1.1 in Manali, 1.9 in Bhuntar, 2.2 in Sundernagar, 2.3 in Kufri, 2.5 in Sarahan and Solan, 2.7 in Mandi, Barthi. 3.2 degrees Celsius was recorded in Hamirpur and Palampur, 3.5 in Dalhousie and Bharmour, 4.2 in Una and Shimla, 4.7 in Bilaspur, 5.4 in Jubbarhatti and 6.4 degrees Celsius in Dharamshala.