Winter is here! Himachal Pradesh receives fresh snowfall, IMD issues yellow alert
High altitude peaks in Himachal Pradesh have received fresh snowfall on Sunday plunging the temperature in the region while the neighbouring Punjab and Haryana are facing humid and dry weather.
The peaks in Himachal that received the snowfall includes Kullu, Lahaul-Spiti and parts of Kangra and Chamba.
The India Meteorological Department (IMD) on Saturday issued a yellow alert for heavy rainfall over the next two days in 10 districts in Himachal Pradesh.
The IMD has issued a heavy rain warning for the districts of Bilaspur, Hamirpur, Shimla, Kangra, Mandi, and Kullu.
While it has been raining in many areas, the peaks have been receiving snow since Saturday evening. There is no major change in average maximum and minimum temperature in mid and lower parts of the state.
The Pir Panjal and northern Dhauladhar range have received fresh snow. There is a possibility of more snowfall, according to the meteorological department.
Deputy director of IMD Himachal Pradesh Bui Lal said that during the past 24 hours most parts of the state received heavy rainfall and this will continue in the region, according to news agency ANI report.
Light to moderate precipitation with isolated heavy fall could also occur at one or two parts of district Kinnaur.
Thereafter rainfall activity is likely to decrease in intensity and distribution from September 6 with light to moderate rainfall activity at few places in plains and low and mid hills districts of Himachal Pradesh.
Due to the adverse weather, there is a high probability of landslides along roadways, railway tracks including vulnerable areas in Himachal.
Follow advisories, stay safe
People have been advised to not venture near rivers and nullahs as there is high probability of increased runoff in seasonal nullah and other channels leading to flashfloods in district of Shimla, Sirmaur, Solan, Mandi, Kangra, Chamba and parts of Kinnaur, Lahaul and Spiti.
The rainfall activity could lead to the sudden increase in water level of perennial and rainfed rivers Sutlej, Beas, Ravi and its tributaries.
As blockage of roads, railway may lead to difficulties for commuters, tourists and the public at large, commuters are advised to follow any traffic advisories that are issued in this regard.
Heavy rains led to flash floods in Khanyara village of Dharamshala on September 2, leading to destriction of several houses and shops.