Amid heavy snowfall in various parts of Himachal Pradesh, tourists are flocking to the hilly state. Tourists are also flocking to Shimla and other major attractions amid India Meteorological Department (IMD) predicting there will be heavy snowfall as the weather improves in the coming days. As the hilly state saw heavy snowfall on Friday, flight operations were also affected. In the mid-altitude districts, moderate rainfall and snowfall were recorded. Kangra, Una-Bilaspur, Hamirpur and Mandi reported moderate rainfall. Kullu, Shimla, Lahaul-Spiti, Chamba also experienced snowfall in high areas along with moderate rainfall.
In the past 24 hours, Shimla district recorded snowfall of 48cm, while Chamba, Kullu Lahaul-Spiti also recorded moderate to heavy snowfall. The lowest minimum temperature in the state was recorded at Keylong at -6.9 degrees Celsius. During this time, the maximum temperature was recorded in Munnar 13.2 degrees Celsius. Shimla, Manali, Keylong, Kalpa and Kufri reported freezing temperature. Tourist Naveen Yadav from Delhi said there was moderate snowfall in the area. He said, “I felt like I could go home after enjoying the weather. But unexpectedly, the snowfall has continued overnight until now. There was hope that the snowfall would stop, but after the official announcement from the administration, it looks like the roads won’t be open for the next few days. So we decided to stay here and enjoy the nice weather.
Satish, a local resident of Shimla, expressed his disappointment with the weather. He said that due to the heavy snowfall, services such as auto services, electricity and water are affected, while the roads are slippery. (ANI)
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