November 15, 2022 – Five tourist places in Himachal Pradesh have received the first snowfall this winter. Due to this, the faces of tourists and local business operators, have blossomed. On the other hand, on Monday, vehicular movement was stalled on 150 roads, including Manali-Leh, Ani-Kullu NH, and Sach Pass-Teesa-Chamba.
The maximum and minimum temperatures of Keylong have reached minus. On Monday, the maximum temperature of the state decreased by five degrees from the ordinary. Due to this, the entire state has been engulfed in the cold. Dhauladhar hills in district Kangra also received snowfall. Till Monday evening, 139 roads remained closed in the Lahaul-Spiti district, five in Kullu, three in Kangra, two in Chamba, and one in Shimla. Eight transformers were also stalled in district Chamba.
Clear Weather For The Next Two Days
The Meteorological Center Shimla has expressed the possibility of clear weather in Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday and Wednesday. Rain and snowfall have been predicted again on 17 and 18 November.
Manali city, Shimla’s Narkanda, Hatu Peak, Mandi’s Shikari Devi, Kamrunag, and Kullu’s Bijli Mahadev received the season’s first snowfall on Monday amidst a yellow alert in the state. The peaks and many residential areas of the state have become covered with snow.
Snowfall was recorded at 90 cm in Baralacha, 70 cm in Rohtang Pass, and 15 cm in Atal Tunnel (Dhundhi) and Solanganala. The rains continued on Monday in Shimla, Chamba, Dalhousie, Sundernagar, and Reckong Peo. Light rain also occurred in many areas of Hamirpur and Kangra.
Tourists had a lot of fun amidst snowfall in Manali on Monday morning. Manali-Leh road, along with Atal Tunnel Rohtang and Rohtang Pass, has been closed due to snowfall. Highway 305 has also been closed to traffic due to the first winter snowfall in Jalori Pass.
Bijli Mahadev has also received the first snowfall of the season. Due to snowfall, three buses from Kullu depot got stuck in Ani. Churdhar, the highest peak of district Sirmaur, received fresh snowfall of 15 cm on Monday. Meanwhile, more than 100 devotees reached Churdhar. However, due to bad weather, the members of Chudeshwar Sewa Samiti sent them back to Nauhradhar.
The committee has appealed not to come to Churdhar in lousy weather. The Janjehli-Shikari Devi road has been blocked due to snowfall in district Mandi. The temple doors were closed 15 days before 30 cm of snowfall in Shikari Devi.
The upper peaks of Pangi-Bharmour in district Chamba received snowfall of one to one and a half feet. Snowfall has also occurred in Pohlani Mata Temple and Khajjiar, located in Dank und of a tourist town, Dalhousie. Road connectivity to five panchayats has been cut off due to the closure of Dodra Quarry after a snowfall in Chanshal Valley of district Shimla. People will have to walk for up to seven hours to reach via Uttarakhand road.
Temperature Recorded At Different Areas
Keylong – 2.3 Minimum & – 0.5 Maximum, Kukumassery – 0.1 Minimum & 8.0 Maximum, Kalpa 2.0 Minimum & 3.8 Maximum, Manali 5.8 Minimum & 5.8 Maximum, Dalhousie 2.8 Minimum & 6.9 Maximum, Narkanda 1.5 Minimum & 6.8 Maximum, Shimla 8.0 Minimum & 12.9 Maximum, Dharamshala 8.4 Minimum & 16.0 Maximum.
At the same time, due to the snowfall in the state on Monday, the roads in the high-altitude areas have been disrupted for traffic. Due to the changing weather, the Engineer-in-Chief (Chief Engineer) of the Public Works Department held a meeting with the Chief Engineers, Superintending Engineers, on Monday. The officers were instructed to prepare SOPs. Dozers, JCBs, and other preparations have been asked to ensure that roads in the state do not obstruct traffic for a long time due to snowfall. Due to snowfall in districts Kinnaur, Lahaul-Spiti, and Chamba, traffic has been affected.
In such a situation, duties have been imposed on JCB and employees to restore the roads in high-altitude areas. Engineer-in-Chief of the Public Works Department Ajay Gupta said that it had been asked to keep sand and soil along the streets of snowy areas like Shimla, Narkanda, Kufri, and Mashobra. After a snowfall, it will be laid on the roads. The movement of vehicles does not stop for a long time, so the field staff will be on the spot. In addition, a control room will be set up in the Public Works Department. In this, people will be able to call regarding road-related problems.