Shimla snowfall looks like a dream! Himachal Pradesh witnessed light to moderate snowfall

Parts of Himachal Pradesh, including Shimla’s Jakho peak and neighboring areas of Kufri, saw a small increase in the capital’s tourist footprint as new snow fell on Friday, officials said.

Upper Himachal Pradesh saw some snowfall, while 380 roads were closed as intermittent rain fell across the state as a result of disturbances in the west, they said.

“We expect hotel occupancy to rise from the current 50 per cent to 70-80 per cent by Saturday, as heavy snowfall is likely to drive away weekend tourists,” said MK Seth, chairman of the Association of Tourism Industry Stakeholders.

Kullu’s Jalori Jot and Rohtang Pass received more than 60 cm and 45 cm of snow, while Atal Tunnel’s southern entrance and Chansel received 30 cm of snow each.

Chaurdhar and Dodrakwar had 25 cm of snow, Khadrala had 16 cm, Manali had 11 cm, Shimla’s Jakho peak and neighboring areas of Kufri had between 3 and 10 cm of snow.

Manali, Gohar and Tinder received 16 mm, 11 mm and 8.3 mm of rain while Nahan and Bhuntar recorded rainfall of 5.7 mm each.

National Highway 3 and National Highway 305 were blocked at Rohtang Pass and Jalori Pass, and the Gramhu to Lossar section of National Highway 505 was also closed due to heavy snow.

182 roads were closed in Lahaul and Spiti, 68 in Shimla, 53 in Kullu, 29 in Mandi and Kinnaur, 14 in Chamba, 3 in Sirmaur and 2 in Kangra district.

The Korea Meteorological Administration predicted that wet weather would continue in the region until January 26, light rain and snow in remote areas on January 21 and 22, and light snowfall throughout the mid-mountainous and alpine areas on the 23rd.

The weather drew cheers from tourists and hoteliers, as well as apple growers anchoring their Hope Bumper produce.

However, normal life has been impacted in several areas due to moderate to moderate rain beginning Thursday night.

People were forced to stay indoors and wore many layers of thick woolen clothing to protect themselves from the cold.

The showers were the savior of the ravi crop, which began to wither due to lack of rain.

Major tourist destinations such as Nakanda, Kufri, Dalhousie, Manali, Shimla, Kasauli and Dharamsala recorded maximum temperatures of minus 1.8 degrees, 0.8 degrees, 1.5 degrees, 1.8 degrees, 4.1 degrees, 6.6 degrees and 9 degrees.

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