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More snow in Manali, rain predicted
Himachal Pradesh

More snow in Manali, rain predicted

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The Himachal Pradesh's tourist destination of Kalpa and hills overlooking Manali received more snow on Thursday, and the Met Office has predicted widespread rain and snow till February 15.

Residents and tourists have been advised not to venture out in the high hills owing to avalanche warning by Manali-based Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment.

While Manali saw mild rain its nearby places like Solang and Kothi received snow, according to a Met official here. Shimla has been experiencing cloudy skies with chances of rain or snow.

The state capital saw a minimum temperature of 7.2 degrees Celsius, while it was 3.2 degrees in Manali, 6.4 degrees in Dharamsala, 3 degrees in Kufri and 4.9 degrees in Dalhousie.

'The higher reaches of Lahaul and Spiti, Kinnaur, Kullu, Shimla, Sirmaur and Chamba districts have been experiencing snow since Thursday night, while mid and lower hills have been experiencing rain,' said the  official.

Kalpa, some 250 km from Shimla,  in Kinnaur district, and Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti have experienced two cm and 16 cm snow, respectively.

The western disturbances, the storm systems originating from the Caspian Sea and moving across the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, re likely to remain active in the region till February 16.

High hills are likely to experience 'fairly widespread to widespread' snow and rain, while hailstorm is likely in the low hills till February 15, said the official.