Hi­machal reels un­der in­tense cold, La­haul and Spiti freezes at -10° C

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: Hi­machal Pradesh is reel­ing un­der in­tense cold fol­low­ing a fresh spell of snow­fall with tem­per­a­tures in tribal La­haul and Spiti dis­trict hit­ting a low of nearly -10° Cel­sius, the me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal depart­ment said.

Fol­low­ing the heavy snow, Ro­htang Pass was closed for traf­fic, an of­fi­cial of the La­haul-Spiti dis­trict said. About 10 cm snow­fall was recorded in Ro­htang Pass, 4 cm in Kok­sar, Sisu and Gon­dola, while Kalpa re­ceived 3cm snow­fall.

The mer­cury in Kin­naur dis­trict was at -9.9°Cel­sius and in tourist des­ti­na­tion Manali it was -2.2°Cel­sius.

With cold wave in­ten­si­fy­ing, the me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal of­fice in Shimla pre­dicted snow­fall in high al­ti­tude ar­eas and rain in lower re­gions of the state.

The Met depart­ment di­rec­tor Man­mo­han Singh said on Fri­day, “The west­ern dis­tur­bances are likely to af­fect Hi­machal Pradesh from De­cem­ber 9 with snow­fall and rain.”

The tem­per­a­ture in state cap­i­tal Shimla ex­pe­ri­enced the cold­est night on Wed­nes­day, which fur­ther re­mained cold­est on Fri­day. While the min­i­mum tem­per­a­ture in Shimla was recorded at 13.5° Cel­sius in the day. The Met of­fice has not made any fore­cast for snow in Shimla.

Last year, it snowed in Shimla on Jan­uary 1. The hospi­tal­ity in­dus­try is ex­pect­ing a good sea­son this time. Tourist and hol­i­day­mak­ers have al­ready booked ho­tels in Shimla and sur­round­ing in ad­vance for the Christ­mas and New Year fes­tiv­i­ties.

SEA­SON’S COLD­EST NIGHT IN SRINAGAR

SRINAGAR:Srinagar wit­nessed the sea­son’s cold­est night at mi­nus 4°C, while the min­i­mum tem­per­a­tures across Jammu and Kash­mir con­tin­ued to drop on Fri­day, the weather of­fice said. “The tem­per­a­tures dropped due to clear night sky.

Dur­ing the next 48 hours, the state’s higher reaches are likely to re­ceive light snow as a west­ern dis­tur­bance is ex­pected dur­ing this pe­riod,” a Met of­fi­cial said.

The min­i­mum tem­per­a­tures in Pa­hal­gam and Gul­marg were mi­nus 6.0°C and mi­nus 6.2°C, re­spec­tively. In the Jammu re­gion, Jammu city recorded 7.3°C, Ka­tra and Ba­tote 7.5°C, Ban­ni­hal 5.2°C and Bhader­wah 0.5°C as the night’s low­est tem­per­a­tures.

PTI

Stu­dents on their way to school on a cold Fri­day morn­ing in Jammu. The city recorded a min­i­mum tem­per­a­ture of 7.3°Cel­sius.

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