Temperatures across Himachal Pradesh has dipped as high altitudes received snow while others experienced rains since Friday.
While the tourist resorts of Shimla and Manali witnessed rain, other hill stations like Kalpa and Chitkul in Kinnaur district and Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti received the season's heaviest snow. Manali, which saw a low of 2.2 degrees Celsius, experienced 40 mm of rain, the highest. The state capital saw mild rains and recorded the minimum temperature at 7.3 degrees.
Keylong, which saw a low of minus 1.3 degrees Celsius, recorded 32 cm of snow, the state's highest. Kalpa, some 250 km from Shimla, saw 4.2 cm of snow. Rohtang Pass (13,050 feet), located 52 km from Manali, also received snow, according to reports.
Dharamsala town saw five mm of rain and recorded the minimum temperature at 11.8 degrees Celsius, while Dalhousie had 10 mm of rain with a low of 5.3 degrees.
Bus services in Lahaul-Spiti were suspended as a precautionary measure to avoid any untoward incidents, said The Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Ashwani Chaudhary.
A special bus was run to help 60 persons, who were stranded in various parts of the district due to the snowfall, reach Manali, he said.
The administration has urged the people to avoid stepping out of their homes, especially in the higher reaches. (With Agencies)