Rain, snow bring chill in air, orange warning for today

Tribune News Service

Shimla, October 17

Intermittent rain and thunderstorm lashed the middle and lower hills of the state while high-altitude tribal areas and passes received fresh snowfall, signalling the onset of winters.

The local MeT station has issued orange warning for heavy rain, thunderstorm and lightning at isolated places in six districts of Kangra, Kullu, Mandi, Shimla, Solan and Sirmaur and snowfall in Kinnaur and Lahaul and Spiti districts tomorrow.

Shimla and its surrounding areas received showers and thunderstorm and a thick fog engulfed the region, reducing visibility considerably. The foggy conditions disrupted traffic and vehicles were forced to move at a snail's pace.

Visibility is likely to decrease in view of the foggy conditions, causing difficulties to commuters and public at large in hilly areas. There can be traffic congestion and water accumulation in low-lying areas, with a possibility of landslides, the MeT office said in its impact report.

Widespread light to moderate rain occurred at many places in the state while high-altitude tribal areas and mountain passes received snowfall, causing a sharp fall in day temperatures in adjoining valleys. Kufri received 14.5 mm of rain, followed by Chopal 13.5 mm, Solan 13 mm, Narkanda 12 mm, Shimla and Nauni 10.4 mm, Sangla 10 mm and Baggi 8 mm.

The day temperatures dropped five to nine degrees and Una, which was hottest in the region yesterday with a high of 36 degree Celsius, recorded maximum temperature at 28.6 degree today. Keylong and Kalpa in tribal areas recorded a high of 11.8 degree and 12.6 degree, followed by Dalhousie 15.4 degree and Shimla 16 degree.

Courtesy: Tribune News Service

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