Fresh spell of snowfall, rains in higher reaches

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snowfall-in-himachal-shimla-kulluThe higher reaches in Kullu, Lahaul-Spiti, Chamba and Kangra on Sunday experienced a mild to moderate snowfall and the downstream areas were hit by a wind storm and rain showers, partially affecting the normal life. Keylong, the district headquarters of Lahaul-Spiti, had 13 cms of snowfall and the higher alleviations like Rohtang Pass, Kunzum Pass and Goshal hills recorded 30 to 40 cms of snowfall.

The tourist resorts of Manali and Dalhousie had around 15 mm of rain and the higher peaks near these towns received a moderate spell of fresh snowfall. Kalpa in Kinnaur also received around 10 mm of rainfall.

Naina Devi in Bilaspur recorded a rainfall of 30 mm followed by Chamba and Dharamsala with around 10 mm.

According to the reports, the Jalori Pass in Kullu was closed for normal traffic after extremely bad weather conditions on Sunday afternoon. This has cut off almost all 60 panchayats in the Ani-Nirmand area from the rest of the district. The residents here are demanding a tunnel beneath the Jalori Pass for round-the-year connectivity with the district headquarters.

The sky remained overcast in Shimla and strong wind kept blowing but there was no rain or snowfall till the evening.

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