Heavy snow blocks roads in Himachal, Shimla records lowest maximum of season

January 9, 2020 11:21 AM |

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Heavy snowfall of 20 centimeters has been reported between 5.30 pm on Tuesday and 8.30 am on Wednesday in Shimla. Intense weather activities have led to blockage of 250 roads in Himachal Pradesh. Many other popular tourist destinations such as Dalhousie received 35 centimeter of snowfall, Kalpa 16 centimeter and Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti received 8 centimeter of snow during the same span.

‘Many trees have been uprooted while roads have become slippery and one can only see snow everywhere’, as per the latest post of Shimla Police which also includes a helpline number. So far, three people have been rescued as their car got stuck following heavy snowfall in Narkanda town of Shimla.

The social media is flooded by the pictures that show roads and cars painted completely white due to heavy snow.

The vehicular movement has been restricted beyond green tax barrier and tourists are strictly advised not to go towards Manali until the situation comes under control.

According to our meteorologists, the Western Disturbance has started moving away but the threat continues to remain as the weather models are suggesting the approach of yet another system.

It would mark its presence around January 11 and start impacting the hilly region from that night itself. The period between January 12 and 14 is likely to see intense weather activities in Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. There are chances of moderate to heavy snowfall and intense rain in the northern hills during this period.

The hills are susceptible to cold wave and cold day conditions. January is the peak month wherein back to back Western Disturbances make their presence felt and temperature profile gets influenced on account of cloud, rain, snow and winds in association with these WDs.

The month of January sees temperatures slipping to much lower degrees. So much so that, even the maximums settle close to freezing point, while minimums continuously hit the sub-zero mark.

At 1.4 degrees Celcius, Shimla yesterday recorded the lowest maximum of the season, while Manali recorded the lowest minimum of -7.8 degrees Celsius today morning.

With clearance taking place before another Western Disturbance approaches around January 11, we expect day temperatures to rise by a couple of degrees today and tomorrow. However, nights are going to turn much colder for the next two to three days.

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