Bhanu P Lohumi
Shimla, January 20
The local MeT office has issued a yellow warning of a thunderstorm and lightning at isolated places in lower hills, plains and mid-hills and heavy rain and snowfall in mid and higher hills on January 22 and 23. It has also predicted a wet spell in the region till January 24.
149 roads blocked
As many as 149 roads (111 in Lahaul and Spiti, 23 in Kullu, seven in Chamba, four in Mandi and three in Shimla) are still blocked and 34 water supply schemes are disrupted.
The intense cold wave continued unabated today and light to moderate rain and snowfall occurred at isolated places in the state. Khadrala received 8 cm of snow, followed by Kothi 7 cm, Kukumseri, Hansa and Kufri 5 cm each, Gondla 4 cm and Keylong 3 cm.
People in high-altitude tribal areas reeled under biting cold with minimum temperatures staying 10 to 15 degrees below normal. Keylong recorded a low of minus 7.9°C, followed by Kalpa minus 2.2°C, Kufri minus 2°C, Dalhousie 0.1°C, Manali 2.4°C and Shimla 3.1°C.
Light rain lashed some parts of the state. Rohru with 19 mm of rain was the wettest in the region, followed by Salooni 13 mm, Manali and Chamba 11 mm each, Dalhousie and Seobagh 10 mm, Baijnath and Jogindernagar 9 mm each, Dharamsala, Kasol and Gaggal 8 mm each, Shillaro 7 mm, Kotkhai and Palampur 6 mm, and Nagrota Suriyan and Karsog 5 mm.
The maximum temperatures also dropped by a few notches. Mandi was the hottest at 18.4°C, followed by Keylong 0.8°C, Kufri 2°C, Dalhousie 2.7°C and Shimla 7°C.