Himalayas- heavy snowfall, passes and roads blocked

Shimla, December 14
Widespread heavy snowfall overnight blocked roads and disrupted power supply in many places throwing normal life out of gear in the higher and mid-hill areas of the state.

Shimla, Kullu and Kinnaur districts experienced the heaviest snowfall of the season with Solang nullah and higher areas up to Rohtang Pass recording 90 cm to 110 cm of snow.

The Churdhar, the Hatu peak and other higher ranges were also covered with a thick white blanket.

Narkanda and Kharapathar had 20 to 30 cm of snow while Manali and Tissa had 20 cm each. The city also had its first substantial snowfall and Jakhu, the highest peak, wore an impeccable white mantle in the morning after receiving 10 cm of snow. Temperature dipped to the freezing point for the first time in the season. Keylong and Udaipur in Lahaul- Spiti recorded 12 cm of snow each, Kalpa 8 cm and Theog 5 cm.

The Rohru, Chopal, Thanedar, Baghi other areas remained cut off as snow blocked roads. However, the India-Tibet Road was opened for traffic by the evening.

Residents of affected areas had to go without essential commodities. Bus services were also discontinued due to slippery road conditions.

The lower hill areas had widespread rain with Dharamsala recording 38 mm of rain, Jubbal, Bangana and Rajgarh (24 mm each), Seobagh (23mm), Ghamroor (23 mm), Gohar (20), Una, Baijnath and Nagrota Suriyan (19 mm each), Nadaun, Sujanpur Tihra, Dehra Gopipur and Jogindernagar (18 mm each), Gaggal (17 mm), Nurpur, Palampur, Mehre and Amb (16 mm each), Renuka and Kandaghat (15 mm each), Dharampur (14 mm), Guler, Hamirpur, Bhuntar, Sangrah and Solan (13 mm each).

In charge of the local Met Department Manmohan Singh said the current spell of inclement weather is likely to continue with another Western Disturbance is approaching the region around December 16. However, its impact will be mainly confined to higher hill areas.

The widespread snow has brought cheer to apple growers as it is considered as white manure for orchards. The rain is beneficial for the rabi crop, particularly in areas where sowing had been delayed due to the dry spell.

MANALI: The tourist town of Manali and its surrounding areas experienced a fresh spell of snowfall today while the lower parts of the region were lashed by rain, continuing the cold wave conditions in the region. The region received season’s second snowfall today.

The sun shone this afternoon and tourists and local residents got a respite from the severe cold conditions.

The entire upper areas of the Manali region were covered with a white blanket.

The vehicular traffic on the Manali-Rohtang Pass was disrupted at several points beyond the Nehru Kund, 5 km from here.

Tourists and local residents had a difficult time this morning driving their vehicles further to Solang and Kothi due to fresh layer of snow on the road. Tourists going to the Solang valley had to stop at different places between Bahang and the Nehru Kund.

After the fresh spell of snowfall in the upper Manali region, the HRTC suspended its bus services between Manali-Solang and Kothi.

The ski slopes of the Solang valley also got a fresh spell of snow. The snowfall on the ski slopes brought cheer to winter sports lovers as now these slopes had enough snow for their skiing.

The 13,050-ft-high Rohtang Pass, the gateway To the Lahaul-Spiti valley, also experienced heavy snowfall today. The entire higher reaches in the Kullu valley also experienced moderate to heavy snowfall.

However, orchardists and agriculturists in the region have welcomed the snow and rain. They said it was beneficial for the apple crop in upper areas and the standing crops in the lower region.

DALHOUSIE: Dalhousie hill station today received 10 cm of snow while the higher reaches of Dalhousie had 30 centimeters of snow, said reports received here today.

The reports said the Saach Pass, situated at an altitude of 4,413 m, had been closed due to snowfall continuing since last night and the far-flung Pangi tribal valley had been cut off from the rest of the district, adding that the pass was the gateway which directly links the mountainous valley with the rest of the district.

The high-altitude passes such as Jalsu, Chobia and Kugti had also been closed owing to the heavy snowfall. The famous sacred Manimahesh lake had been covered under heavy snow, the reports stated.

The low-lying areas of the district have had widespread heavy rain. There is a sharp downfall in temperature in the entire region. As a sequel to this, the whole mountainous region is in the grip of intense cold wave.

Experts working on hydropower projects and the water resource management in the mountainous terrains of the mighty Himalayas believe that the huge deposit of heavy snowfall on the mountainous ranges of the Himalayas proves “a boon”’ for the optimum hydropower generation, irrigation and drinking water supply schemes in the plains of the country during summers.

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Heavy rains lash Chandigarh, surrounding areas of Punjab and Haryana

Intermittent spells of moderate to heavy rain Saturday morning, accompanied by strong winds and thunder, brought welcome relief from summer heat to Chandigarh and its surrounding areas.

Heavy rains lashed Chandigarh and various parts of Punjab and Haryana Saturday morning, bringing down the mercury in this region.

Chandigarh recorded a minimum temperature of 22.2 degrees Celsius Saturday morning, which was five notches below normal. Besides, this centrally administered city recorded a rainfall of 36.2 mm in the last 24 hours.

‘We had light rainfall in various parts of this region Friday night and heavy showers this morning. This trend is going on for the last couple of days. Whenever mercury starts soaring, we have rainfall to bring it down. This is due to the movement of western disturbances over this region,’ a met official told IANS here.

‘We are expecting similar conditions to continue for the next four-five days. Though this is not unusual, the frequency of showers has increased in June this time. We are expecting the actual monsoon to arrive in this part of the country by the end of this month,’ he added.

Punjab’s Amritsar city recorded a minimum temperature of 23.4 degrees Celsius Saturday morning while Patiala (12.6 mm rainfall) and Ludhiana (27.6 mm rainfall) settled at a low of 23.3 and 21.7 degrees Celsius, respectively.

In Haryana, Ambala received heavy rainfall of 63.5 mm and recorded a minimum temperature of 22.8 degrees Celsius. On the other hand, Hisar recorded a minimum temperature of 27.1 degrees Celsius.

Weather in North India- Plains and Himalayas

Much of the himalayas is snow capped- higher reaches of Kinnaur are facing heavy snowfall. Roadblocks at many places on INDO-TIBET highway. Lahual and Spiti are almost cut off . Dhauladhar and Pir Panjal are also receiving snow fall.

Certainly not a time for attempting wilderness treks.

Plans of North India are facing dramatic change of weather.  SUN has come up and days are getting warm now with little chill in wind.

I would suggest readers to undertake their journeys without any issue…all flights and trains are running normally.

Heavy rains, broken roads, floods, landslides in North India

Certainly not a good time to be up there. Mountain states are going through rough patch of time where heavy rains have washed away bridges, created swelling in rivers- thus floods in lower areas.

Deaths and destruction is for those who got trapped and ater is running fast towards DELHI.

NOT a good time for trekking, climbing in Himalayas.

Weather in Himalayas and of plains of North India [ April 2010 ]

Plains of North India are burning. With Temp. rising above 40 Degree celcius- this is going to be long and tough summer for India. Even mountains are HOT as Shimla is undergoing HOT SUMMER and there is no feeling like a mountain retreat up there. Collers/ AC’s and FANS are IN and gone are the days when people used to visit SHIMLA for some coll air. Same way, there is no respite from heat upto MANDI and only after crossing MANDI- you feel little cool air coming inside. MET dept. is confused as British and Japanese have different views about monsoon predictions- based on EL NINO. CONCLUSION: Best time for trekking, climbing, camping

Weather Updates- North India

Temperature dropped further in the high altitude tribal areas of Himachal Pradesh while it slightly rose in capital Shimla on Wednesday in the absence of rain and snowfall.

Lowest temperature in Keylong plummeted to minus 9.7 degrees Celsius while it was minus 1.5 degrees in Kalpa, Met office sources said.

Shimla saw a sunny day today. The minimum temperature here rose to 5.6 vis-a-vis 8.1 degrees on Tuesday, they said.

There was no report of rain or snowfall from the state.

The Met office forecast mainly dry weather in the state in the next 24 hours with chances of further fall in the night temperature over the higher reaches.

For Shimla, it forecast mainly sunny days and not much change in the night temperature.

Weather News – North India

A night in sub-zero at Rohtang Pass

Todays news report that  “hundreds ” of people  (five HRTC buses , 30 civilian vehicles and an army convoy) were forced to spend the night in subzero temperatures , waiting for the road to be cleared from yesterdays snow fall. Two feet of snow put a stop to the traffic on both sides of the pass.

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