SHIMLA: Heavy snowfall along with rains has been forecasted in Himachal Pradesh during the next two days. Issuing a yellow alert, the Met department has warned tourists against undertaking treks and venturing towards the high reaches of snow clad ranges, particularly in areas of Chamba.
The government has instructed people in the remote and tribal areas of Chamba to go by weather updates, accessed through their radios and televisions before going outdoors.
Lahaul-Spiti, Kullu, Kinnaur, Shimla, Sirmaur apart from Chamba and Mandi received fresh snowfall in the last 24 hours, while Keylong recorded its lowest temperatures at -4.0 degrees celsius.
Head of IMD, Surender Paul informed that the districts of Shimla, Kullu, Lahaul-Spiti, Kinnaur, Sirmaur and some parts of Solan will receive heavy snowfall while other parts will experience light snowfall and rain as a result of the western disturbance which could cause heavy snowfall in the higher reaches and rain in the mid-hills.
The weather remained unruly in several other parts of the state too. The Lower reaches of the Dauladhar ranges experienced light rainfall bringing about a drop in temperatures and subsequent snowfall in the higher reaches of Dharamshala and Kangra district.
Shimla experienced intermittent snowfall recording a high of 7 degrees and a low of 0 degrees. Keylong registered a low of -4 degrees celsius. Anticipating heavy snowfall, the district administration has made arrangements for snow shoveling in the capital.
The weather also resulted the Atal Tunnel remaining shut for an hour this morning. It is also expected to remain closed from 9 PM to 6 AM.
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