More snowfall in the higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh, treatment especially around the tourist resort towns of Manali, viagra Kufri, Narkanda and Kalpa has intensified the cold wave sweeping the hills.
However tourists in Shimla were a disappointed lot. Other than some flakes falling there was not much snowfall in the state capital much to the dismay of the visitors. Many had rushed to the hills because the meteorological department had forecast heavy snow for Wednesday and Thursday.
While Shimla witnessed ice cold winds and some snow which was wiped out by the subsequent rain, the upper reaches of Shimla hills received heavy snowfall. Tourist resorts of Kufri and Narkanda also received a fresh spell of snowfall. The tourist town of Manali on the other hand witnessed heavy snowfall in a chilly evening of Wednesday.
The Met department expects the cold weather to continue over the weekend and has forecast snowfall and thunder storms in the region over next two days. The minimum temperature in Shimla was recorded at minus 0.2 degree Celsius and the town received 4.6 mm rain on Wednesday.
Popular tourist resort Manali, which received 13 cm snow and 20 mm rain, recorded the night temperature at minus 1.4 degrees Celsius.
Dharamshala and Manali recorded 4.2 mm and 3 mm of rains till this evening while Una, Bhuntar and Kangra had 1.0 mm rains.
The lower Hills of Himachal Pradesh received heavy rains which affected the normal day to day living of people. The streets wore a deserted look at night due to the chilly weather conditions.
Office goers were seen rushing in to their offices to escape the cold winds and rains. In the higher reaches and tribal areas of the state, people were confined indoors due to heavy snow. The concerned authorities have been put on alert as weather is expected to get more chilly accompanied with thunderstorms in the coming days.