Himachal Snowfall: Heavy snowfall in Himachal Pradesh, 278 roadways closed

Himachal Snowfall: Heavy snowfall in Himachal Pradesh, 278 roadways closed

Snowfall (Photo: ANI)

Shimla, 20 January: Higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh received light to moderate snowfall on Friday, while vehicular movement was affected on 278 roadways due to intermittent rains across the state under the influence of a western disturbance. Jalori Jot and Rohtang Pass in Kullu received 60 and 45 cm respectively, while the south end of the Atal tunnel and the chancel received 30 cm of snowfall. Video: Heavy snowfall in Kedarnath Dham, thick layer of snow in the entire area.

There was 25 cm snowfall in Chuddhar and Dodrakwar, 16 cm in Khadrala and 3 to 10 cm in the surrounding areas of Jakhu peak and Kufri in Shimla. Manali, Gohar and Tinder received 16 mm, 11 mm and 8.3 mm of rain respectively, while Nahan and Bhuntar recorded 5.7 mm of rain.

National Highways 3 and 305 were blocked at Rohtang Pass and Jalori Pass, while vehicular movement was affected between Gramphu to Losar on National Highway 505. 177 roads remained closed in Lahaul and Spiti, 64 in Shimla, nine in Kinnaur, five in Chamba, three in Kullu and two each in Kangra and Sirmaur districts.

The local meteorological office has forecast rain in the region till January 26, light rain and snowfall at isolated places on January 21-22 and light to moderate snowfall at many places in middle and high hills on January 23.

The state capital and its suburbs are expected to have 70 per cent occupancy of hotels by late evening following fresh snowfall, said MK Seth, president of the Tourism Industry Stakeholders Association. Right now the hotels are up to 30 percent full.

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