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Watch: Season’s first heavy snowfall covers Shimla, Manali

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Shimla, Jan 7: The season’s first heavy snowfall has turned the Queen of Hills and several tourists destinations into White on Saturday bringing pleasant weather for tourists.

Tourists were seen enjoying snowfall in Shimla on Saturday.


Meanwhile, Traffic to tourist destinations Shimla, Manali and Dalhousie were also disrupted after a very heavy snowfall overnight, officials said.


All roads in Shimla, Kufri, Narkanda, Mashobra are closed due to a heavy snowfall that was received after decades, said Director General of Police Somesh Goyal.

Traffic bound for Shimla was hampered at Shogi due to snowfall, an official said.

 

Likewise, traffic on the National Highway-21 was blocked near Patlikuhl, 20 km before Manali.

Electricity supply was cut off here and Manali as power lines were damaged due to falling trees.

The cold weather led to the freezing of taps. According to the Met office, many areas in Shimla like the Mall Road, the Ridge, the US Club and Jakhu hills got more than a foot of snow.

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

“Bad thing is no electricity. Who cares! Going out for a walk with camera,” Goyal said on his Facebook account.

 

A government spokesperson said most of the internal roads in Shimla and Kinnaur districts were cut off due to snow.

Even traffic bound for towns in Shimla district such as Narkanda, Jubbal, Kotkhai, Kharapathar and Chopal have been disrupted.


The official advised tourists not to venture into remote areas as chances of heavy snow were high.

The weather forecast said western disturbances — storm systems originating from the Caspian Sea in the Central Asia and moving across the Afghanistan-Pakistan region — would remain active till Sunday with chances of more snow.

Wefornews Bureau

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