Shimla, January 17
Most parts of Himachal reeled under intense cold conditions even as minimum temperatures rose marginally and thick fog engulfed major towns in lower hills. The sky remained heavily overcast and icy winds lashed the region.
Visibility was reduced to 50 metres in Bilaspur and Nurpur, 200 metres in Kangra and 500 metres in Sundernagar. As many as 140 roads (121 in Lahaul and Spiti, nine in Mandi, five in Kullu, four in Shimla and one in Chamba district) in the state were still closed and 16 transformers and 35 water supply schemes were yet to be restored.
Meanwhile, the local MeT office has predicted rain and snowfall in middle and high hills for the next four days as a fresh western disturbance is likely to affect the western Himalayan region from the night of January 18.
The minimum temperatures increased by 1 to 2 degrees. Keylong was the coldest at 8°C while the maximum temperatures dipped by 1 to 2 degrees. Solan was the hottest at 21.5°C.
140 roads still closed
- 140 roads (121 in Lahaul & Spiti, nine in Mandi, five in Kullu, four in Shimla and one in Chamba district) still closed.
- 16 transformers, 35 water supply schemes yet to be restored.