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Heavy Snowfall in Himachal Pradesh: Temperature dips and Schools being closed

Heavy Snowfall in Himachal Pradesh: Temperature dips and Schools being closed: On Wednesday morning, Himachal Pradesh’s capital Shimla and its nearby parts of Kufri, Narkanda and Khara Pathar experienced more snow spells again, officials said.

Following the heavy snowfall in the tourist resort town of Kufri the road links to higher regions in Shimla were totally cut off.

The movement of traffic was vulnerable in Shimla’s main circular road as well as further sideways roads. Because of the heavy snowfall, holiday was announced after the snowfall in schools in the popular hill station.

The district government in Shimla, which is well-known for its pleasing sights of snow-capped Himalayan peaks, organized and arranged machinery to clear the heavy snow from the roads.

The forecast from the Indian Meteorological Department revealed that the thunderstorm go together with hailstorm, gusty winds and lightning at isolated zones over Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim for Wednesday.

Previously, because of the heavy snowfall, the schools in several parts of Himachal Pradesh which were planned to re-open on February 13 were actually started working from February 18. Though, the snowfall has forced the schools to stay closed today as well.

The snowfall has been so extreme that the road links which are linking to upper regions in Shimla have been cut off in the short term after the non-stop snowfall in the town of Kufri. The work of removing the heavy layer of snow from the road is under progress and for which heavy machines have been deployed.

As per the news agency, an official of the India Meteorological Department stated, the state capital documented the least temperature at 2 degree Celsius.

However, decent snowfall is vital for water obtainability in summer months. As per D P Dobhal, glaciologist at the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology in Dehradun good snowfall is crucial across north India. He said in the previous month, “This is the best snowfall we have had in Uttarakhand in at least the last three years. Snow is the main source of water in the Himalayan rivers that feed the northern plains. If we get two-three more snow spells of in February and March, water discharge in the rivers will remain relatively high till peak summer”.

The India Meteorological Department department had said western disruption, a storm structure initiating from the Mediterranean-Caspian Sea area and moving across the Afghanistan-Pakistan constituency. It would be active once more in the region till February 27 with probabilities of more snow and rainfall.