Watch: Shimla, Manali wrapped in snow

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Shimla, 16 Jan: The strategic Jammu-Srinagar highway was closed on Monday in the view of heavy snowfall. The closure followed heavy snowfall in Patnitop and Bannihal on Sunday night, officials said.

Shimla and Manali covered with snow are a treat for tourists in Himachal Pradesh. Both tourist spots witnessed more snowfall on Monday, a weather official said.

Train service on Baramulla-Banihal section also suspended on Monday. National Highway 5 leading to Kufri in Himachal Prades also closed due to fresh snowfall.

The government has advised motorists to check local road conditions before going to higher reaches in the hills as there are chances of heavy snowfall till Tuesday.

The locals in the state capital here shivered as icy winds along with snow kept the minimum temperature at minus 0.3 degree Celsius, while Manali remained at zero degree.

“High-altitude areas of Lahaul and Spiti, Chamba, Mandi, Kullu, Kinnaur, Sirmaur and Shimla districts have been experiencing moderate to heavy snow since Saturday night,” a Met official said.

Tourist destinations Narkanda, some 65 km from here, received more snowfall, giving skiers a chance to enjoy the sport.

Manali’s nearby Solang ski slopes and Dalhousie in Chamba district, too were covered in snow.

Rains lashed lower areas of Himachal Pradesh in Dharamsala, Palampur, Solan, Nahan, Bilaspur, Una, Hamirpur and Mandi, bringing down the temperatures.

 Wefornews Bureau

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