Friday, 30 November 2012

Heavy snowfall in Kullu-Manali, Lahaul-Spiti

Himachal Vacation Travel News
MANALI/ KEYLONG: The real cold and snowy winter season has kicked off with heavy snowfall in Kullu and Lahaul-Spiti districts of Himachal on Thursday. The entire Lahaul valley is reeling under severe cold after heavy snowfall while the snow has descended down close to Manali town.
Fresh snowfall on mounatains near Manali in Himachal Pradesh
Bringing cheers to Manali tourism, Rohtang pass has received over 60cm fresh snows. Tourist spot Gulaba, near Manali, has received 10cm snow while snow accumulation at Marhi is over 30cm. Keylong, district headquarters of Lahaul-Spiti district has recorded 12cm fresh snow since morning. Baralacha-la in Lahaul experienced over 50cm snowfall. Meanwhile, the traffic on Manali-Keylong-Leh highway has come to complete standstill. Given the safety of the people, vehicles are not being allowed to go towards Rohtang pass.
“It’s snowing heavily here and weather is extremely cold,” resident of Jahlama village in Lahaul, Amar Dushi, said. He said fog has covered entire valley and movement of vehicular traffic has been stopped.
Breaking a long dry spell, lower parts of Kullu district received moderate showers of rain. The minimum temperatures of both the districts have risen by 1 to 2 degrees Celsius due to decrease in atmospheric pressure but the maximum temperature has decreased.
According to Lahaul-Spiti deputy commissioner SS Guleria, the entire Lahaul valley is receiving snowfall since Thursday morning. “Residents are advised not to venture close to isolated mountains,” he said.

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