SHIMLA, February 16, Somitr Keshav: Shimla region, tribal Kinnaur district and Manali received the heaviest snowfall of the season. Tourist destinations including Shimla and Manali were ripped off the state after heavy snowfall, and faced severe conditions due to road blockages and disruption of essential services.
“Queen of Hills’ Shimla experienced fresh snowfall on Saturday and traffic was disrupted at Shogi, on the Chandigarh-Shimla highway, about 15 km from Shimla. Traffic remained suspended on the second day as a large stretch of the roads was under a thick blanket of snow beyond Dhalli.
All link roads in Kinnaur and national highway were closed beyond Nathpa. Kalpa in Kinnaur district recorded minus 8.8 degrees Celsius after getting showered by 13.8 cm snow. The Hindustan-Tibet and Kiratpur-Manali national highways were blocked by heavy snowfall. Rohroo, Jubbal, Hatkoti, Chopal and Nerwa areas of Shimla district were cut off due to heavy snowfall and Khara-Patthar was covered with 100 cm of snow.
Bus services were suspended beyond Shimla; while Rampur bound buses were being diverted via Basantpur and Kingal.
Manali and its surrounding areas experienced the season’s heaviest snowfall. Connectivity on the Kullu-Manali NH 21 remained snapped on the second day near Patlikuhl, some 20 km before Manali. The temperature was minus six degrees Celsius in Manali with a snow of more than two feet. The tourists were advised not to roam around in remote areas, particularly from Nehru Kund to Palchan near Manali, as there are increased chances of snow avalanche in the next few days.
McLeodganj and Naddi near Dharamshala received the first snowfall and traffic movement to Naddi was paralysed beyond the Dal Lake due to heavy snowfall.
According to the weather forecast, Western Disturbances, storm originating from the Caspian Sea in the Central Asia and stirring towards the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, has almost receded from the region and the weather would mainly remain dry in the next few days.