Cold wave grip continues on Himachal

Shimla, Jan 12 (IANS) The cold wave Thursday continued to grip the entire Himachal Pradesh with Keylong, headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti district, being the coldest with a minimum temperature recorded at minus 10.4 degrees Celsius.

The Met office here said the chill would extend over the weekend.
“There would be no relief from extreme cold as the state is in line for more snow and rain this weekend,” a Met official told IANS.
The minimum temperature in Shimla and Manali was minus 1.8 degrees Celsius and minus 2 degrees, respectively. Shimla’s day temperature was 7.1 degrees.
Shimla received 8.4 cm of snow while Manali got 15 cm in the past 24 hours (till Thursday morning), said the official.
Traffic in Shimla town remained affected throughout the day due to a thick layer of frost and snow on roads. Local buses and taxis remained off road owing to slippery conditions.
The locals had tough time in reaching offices and other places. The tourists were also affected.
Kalpa, some 250 km from here which experienced 5.6 cm of snow, saw a minimum temperature of minus 5.6 degrees, while it was 2.7 degrees in Dharamsala.
A government official here said electricity, water supply and telecommunication services have been restored in all major places in the state.
“Major roads which were closed due to heavy snowfall in various parts particularly in districts of Chamba, Shimla, Kullu and Kinnaur have also been reopened,” he said.
The Met office said a fresh western disturbance is likely to affect the western Himalayan region from Jan 14.
“There are chances of widespread rain and snow in the state Sunday (Jan 15),” said Manmohan Singh, director of the meteorological office.