Shimla, Feb 3 : The India Meteorological Department forecast more rain in the mid and high reaches of this hill state in the next 24 hours, while the weather remained mainly dry and sunny on Monday. The Met Office said that rain or snow was likely to occur at isolated places in next 24 hours in the mid and high reaches.
It would be mainly dry in the rest of the hill state, he added. Recent heavy rain and snowfall had wreaked havoc in the state as normal life and vehicular traffic remained out of gear for the last two days, which were yet to be restored. Most of the roads in Shimla town and upper areas of the district had become extremely slippery for safe driving.
Many transport services remained suspended at hundreds of roads due to snowbound and slippery roads for vehicular traffic. Superintendent of Shimla district Om Pati Jamwal was issuing frequent advisory to the passengers, not to take risk on extremely slippery roads. Since Saturday, a number of roads, including the Shimla-Dharmshala National Highway and Hindustan-Tibet NH were snowbound and a thick sheet of sleet and ice forced the administration and HRTC to suspend buses on many routes and a number of them plied on alternate routes.
Vehicular traffic for the Dharmshala was diverted from Shimla-Taradeiv-Kunihar- Dalaghat route and Shimla-Taradevi-Totu road as a thick layer of snow formed on the Shimla Chakkar and ShimlaBioleauganj road. Hundreds of other roads in the upper areas of Shimla district, apart from link roads, were snowbound and not fit yet for the movement of traffic. The sudden decline of mercury, which went down two to three degrees below normal, aggravated the weather vagaries in the state. Minimum temperature of Keylong was minus 15.6 degrees, five degrees below the normal.
Kalpa in Kinnuar was minus 7.4 degrees, Manali registered minus 3.8 degrees, Kufri was at minus 1.8 degrees, Bhuntar minus 0.3 degrees, Sundernagar 0.3 degrees, while Solan and Palampur in Kangra district recorded 0.5 degrees each. Tourist resort Dalhousie was 1.8 degrees, Shimla 2.5 degrees, Dharmshala 2.9 degrees, Chamba three degrees, Una and Kangra 3.8 degrees each, Hamirpur 3.8 degrees, Bilaspur four degrees, and Nahan 7.8 degrees, respectively. (UNI)