Fresh snowfall was witnessed in the region of Lahaul Valley on the last day of the month of April, 2017. The district headquarters of Keylong and its major villages like Jispa, Sissu and Koksar recorded 2-5 cm of fresh snow, whereas Rohtang Pass that connects Himachal with Leh is believed to have been covered with 20 cm snow. Not only this but the mountains in Kullu, Kangra, Bharmaur and Kinnaur were also seen covered with layers of snow with a dip in temperature to minus 0.1℃ in Keylong and 0.6℃ in Kalpa, while the mercury in Manali and Bhuntar dipped down to 3℃ and 8.2℃ respectively, which is three to four notches below normal. Even in places in mid hills like Dharamshala, the temperature was recorded at 10.2℃, and in the capital city of Shimla, it was 11.9℃ on the April 30, 2017. The sudden snowfall not only dramatically changed the weather in the state but also lowered the temperature in Delhi/NCR and Chandigarh. It is likely that if the similar weather continues for some time more, tourists will be able to witness snow at several places in Himachal even in the months of June and July.
It is to be noted that due to the fresh snowfall, Rohtang Pass, which became operational only a week ago was blocked again and the vehicles heading towards Lahaul could only manage to reach till Gulaba Barrier. On the other hand, where high altitude areas in Himachal Pradesh received snow, many regions of the state struggled due to the tumultuous thunderstorm followed by rain that even damaged the roofs of some houses. Manali received a maximum of 17 mm rains, while Sarahan and Banjar received 16 mm and 13 mm rains respectively, followed by Rohroo (11 mm), Jubbal (10 mm) and Solan and Bhuntar (6 mm each). The MeT Department has predicted rains/thunderstorms at isolated places and snowfall at some places in the higher hills for six days in Himachal Pradesh starting from May 1, 2017.
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