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Himachal sees mercury below freezing point

Himachal sees mercury below freezing point. Tribune Photo: Amit Kanwar
Shimla, December 29
Himachal Pradesh on Saturday witnessed a sunny but chilly day with temperature in many areas staying below freezing point, the Met Office said.

"It was a bright, sunny day across the state with chances of rain and snow at some places in the state from January 1," an official of the meteorological office told IANS.
He said Keylong, headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti, was the coldest with a minimum temperature of minus 10.8 degree Celsius.

Kalpa in Kinnaur district was freezing at minus 2.4 degree Celsius, while the temperature was minus 2.6 degree Celsius in Manali, 2.2 degrees in Dharamsala, 1.9 degrees in Kufri and 4.1 degrees in Dalhousie.
Shimla's night temperature was 4.5 degrees Celsius.

The Met Office has forecast snow and rain in the state due to active western disturbance from January 1 - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...nt/705737.html
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Thousands of revellers gather in Himachal to bid goodbye to 2018

The mountain peaks viewed from Shimla’s historic Ridge, Dharamsala and Palampur towns are wrapped in a thick white blanket of snow. File photo
Shimla/Manali, December 31
Tens of thousands of holidaymakers on Monday gathered across resorts in Himachal Pradesh to bid goodbye to 2018.

Seeing the tourist rush, the police advised the revellers to start leaving the Ridge, the most famous promenade in Shimla, as the clocks strike midnight.

“Our policemen will greet tourists after midnight and will request them to vacate the Ridge and the Mall,” a senior police officer said.

He said this step would be taken as a precautionary measure to prevent any untoward incident.

The most sought-after destinations were Shimla, Kufri, Narkanda, Kasauli, Chail, Dharamsala, Palampur, Dalhousie and Manali and the revellers have to be prepared to sleep out in cars overnight if they did not get hotel bookings in advance.

Most of the hotels have been sold out in advance, members of the hospitality industry warned - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...18/706649.html

Sunny day in Shimla; snow likely from January 1
Shimla, December 31
Picturesque tourist resorts Shimla and Manali experienced another sunny day on Monday but temperatures remained below the freezing point at most places in Himachal Pradesh with chances of snow from January 1, the meteorological office said.

The state capital recorded the minimum temperature at 5.6 degrees Celsius.

Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti district was the coldest in the state with a minimum temperature of minus 5 degrees Celsius, while it was minus 1.4 degree in Kalpa, minus 0.6 degree in Manali, 6.1 degrees in Dalhousie and 4.2 degrees in Dharamsala - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...-1/706626.html
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Revellers swamp Shimla for a merrier New Year

Girls show a cutout of 2019 in Shimla on Monday. Photos: Amit Kanwar
Shimla, December 31
Tens of thousands of holidaymakers on Monday gathered in the capital city to bid goodbye to 2018.
The tourists are being greeted with the national song Vande Mataram and dos and dont’s. The authorities have installed speakers at various spots for the purpose. The Tourism Department has also erected welcome banners on The Mall and The Ridge.

With the possibility of snowfall on New Year’s eve and later, a large number of tourists today made a beeline for these stations. Long traffic jams were witnessed on the Tara Devi-Cart road and the Sanjauli-Kufri-Fagu road, causing inconvenience to the locals and office-goers.
Pubs, restaurants and hotels in the capital city are packed to capacity. “There are no music concerts or orchestra shows this time as it used to be the case earlier,” recalled Pranav and Arjun, who have come from Delhi to celebrate New Year here hoping for snowfall. The new parking complex near the ISBT has also been opened. The administration has installed a screen informing tourists about the availability of parking in the city. However, the authorities have not opened restricted roads to accommodate tourist rush this time - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...ar/706712.html
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Snowfall likely in Shimla this week

Tourists enjoy a cold evening in Shimla on Tuesday. Photo: Amit Kanwar
Shimla, January 1
If you want to enjoy snowfall in Himachal, extend your stay as the Met office on Tuesday predicted snow this week.

Director, Meteorological office, Manmohan Singh said a western disturbance was likely to be active in the region from January 1, bringing rain and snowfall.

Shimla is recording the warmest days owing to long sunny spells, while cities such as Chandigarh, Amritsar, Karnal, New Delhi and Lucknow, located in the plains, are reeling under cold wave conditions with the sun fogged out.
Hill destinations have been experiencing long hours of sunny weather for over a week and the day temperatures in most places have risen - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...ek/707203.html

Avoid travelling as snow may block Himachal roads

People walk on a snow-covered road. Photo Credit: Amin War
Shimla, January 2
Moderate to heavy snowfall may occur across Himachal Pradesh in the next one-two days, the Met Office said on Wednesday.

Residents and tourists have been advised not to venture in the high hills as snapping of road links are high.

The supply of essential commodities and transportation of people may get hampered in remote areas of the state, a government official told IANS.
Hills of Shimla, Kullu, Mandi, Sirmaur, Chamba, Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur districts are likely to experience moderate to heavy snowfall from January 4-6, an official of the meteorological office here told IANS.

He said the western disturbances—storm systems originating from Caspian Sea and moving across the Afghanistan-Pakistan region—are likely to remain active in the region till January 9 - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...ds/707564.html
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Higher reaches in HP get fresh snow

High and mid hills are likely to be lashed by rain, hailstorm and snow from January 4.

According to the Met department, the western disturbance is likely to affect the western Himalayan region and plains of North-West India.
Precipitation occurred at isolated places over the state during the last 24 hours. The lowest temperature was recorded at Keylong at -4.6°C while Kalpa recorded -3.4°C and Kufri -1.1°C.

The higher hills and tribal areas received fresh snowfall. Kothi received 10 cm of snow, Udaipur 3 cm and Kalpa 1 cm, Manali experienced 3 mm of rainfall, Bangatto 2 mm and Chatrari 1 mm.
The Met department said the weather was likely to remain dry on Thursday with a warning of rain, hailstorm and snow on January 4 and 5.

The department has issued the forecast of rain and hailstorm in the low hills on January 4 and 5 while the mid and high hills could experience rain and snow due to a fresh western disturbance affecting the region.

Shimla, which remained cloudy barring a brief sunshine in the afternoon, recorded a minimum temperature of 3.7°C and a maximum of 11.0°C. The minimum temperature in Sundernagar was 5.5°C, Dharamsala 2.8°C, Una 7.2°C, Nahan 4.9°C, Palampur 6°C, Solan 3°C, Manali 0.6°C, Mandi 3.1°C, Bilaspur 7.8°C , Hamirpur 8.0°C and Chamba 6.9°C.

Meanwhile, the State Disaster Management Authority (SDMA) on Wednesday said it was fully ready to deal with any eventuality.

Special Secretary, Disaster Management, DC Rana said state and district control rooms had been put on a state of readiness to deal with any eventuality in view of the weather advisory.

Tourists and the general public had been advised to avoid the higher reaches in the coming days to avoid any untoward incident, he added.

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...ow/707659.html
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Shimla admn on alert after snowfall warning

Tourists enjoy a cold evening in Shimla on Wednesday. Photo: Amit Kanwar
Shimla, January 2
The district administration has set up an emergency response centre that can be accessed by dialing 1077 and official machineries have been geared up as per the snow manual to meet any situation in the city or the district.

Apart from this, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Amit Kashyap directed all SDMs of the district to gear up all machineries to restore roads, transmission lines and electricity and water supplies, which would get disrupted due to snowfall in their respective areas.
The Met department has predicted snow or rains from January 4 to January 6 in the state - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...ng/707660.html
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Himachal to witness heavy snow in next two days


Chandigarh, January 4
Moderate to heavy snowfall may occur across Himachal Pradesh for the next two days, the Met office said on Friday.

Residents and tourists have been advised not to venture out to the high hills.

Hills of Shimla, Kullu, Manali, Mandi, Sirmaur, Chamba, Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur districts are likely to experience heavy snowfall over the next 48 hours.

The Met said western disturbances -- storm systems originating from Caspian Sea and moving across the Afghanistan-Pakistan region -- are likely to remain active in the region till January 9.

Under the influence of western disturbance, rainfall and snowfall will occur at most places in the state from January 4 evening till January 6, it said - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...ys/708579.html

Pangi, Bharmour don white mantle

The Bharmour tribal township covered under a thick blanket of snow on Thursday. Tribune photo
The Pangi, Churah and Bharmour mountain ranges in Chamba witnessed heavy snowfall on Wednesday evening.
Horticulturists said the snowfall was good for meeting chill requirements of the apple crop.
Sources said it would also help meet the requirements of power generation in hydro power projects and irrigation and water supply schemes in the plains of neighbouring states -here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...le/708235.html
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Tourists cheer as Manali gets snow; Keylong, Kalpa also turn white

Mandi, January 5
Snow continued to elude the Himachal Pradesh capital on Saturday, but the tourist resort of Manali had snow. The minimum temperature recorded at Manali was one degree Celsius.

The picturesque Kalpa, some 250 km from Shimla, experienced 4 cm of snow. Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti district saw 20 cm snow.

Keylong was the coldest place in the state with a low of minus seven degrees Celsius, while it was minus 3.2 degrees in Kalpa, 3.8 in Dharamsala, minus 1.1 degree in Dalhousie and 3.7 degrees in Shimla.

As the news of snow flashed across the plains, tourists started arriving in Manali and the nearby hills - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...te/709061.html
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It’s a white Sunday in Shimla

Shimla, January 6
After a dry spell of three whole days, Shimla finally witnessed snowfall on Sunday morning.

Even as the rest of Himachal continued to see snow in bouts, three days of dry, overcast days in Shimla left tourists disappointed. Snowfall began at 11 am in the hill town.

Meanwhile, snow continued to fall intermittently over tourist towns of Kufri, Manali and Dalhousie as well as Narkanda and Chopal on Sunday. Higher reaches of the state such as Lahaul Spiti and Kinnaur have reportedly witnessed moderate to heavy snowfall over the past 24 hours.
Heavy snow has reportedly blocked border roads such as Manali-Keylong-Leh in Lahaul Spiti and Rampur-Kaurik in Kinnaur. - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...la/709479.html
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Fresh snow in Khajjiar, Dalhousie

A picturesque view of the snow-covered Churah valley in Chamba district on Monday. Photo: Kamaljeet.
Chamba, January 7
Khajjiar, Dalhousie and the high-altitude terrains of Chamba district, including Pangi, Bharmour, Salooni and Churah, witnessed fresh snowfall on Sunday evening.

According to reports, interior roads in these areas are blocked. However, tourists continue to throng Dalhousie to witness snow - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...ie/710259.html

Manali, Kufri in Himachal shivering at sub-zero temperatures
Shimla, January 8
Tourist destinations of Manali and Kurfi in Himachal Pradesh are shivering at sub-zero temperatures, the meteorological department said on Tuesday.

The minimum temperature in Manali was minus 3.4 degrees Celsius and minus 0.8 degrees Celsius in Kufri, said Manmohan Singh, Meteorological Centre, Shimla.

However, Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti continued to be the coldest place in the state, with minimum temperature at minus 10.8 degrees Celsius - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...es/710454.html
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Here is another opportunity to see snow in Himachal

The weather bureau in Shimla on Wednesday predicted more snowfall between January 11 and 12. Photo Credit: Amit Kanwar
Shimla, January 9
If you missed the snowfall in the hills of Himachal Pradesh last week, here is another opportunity.

The weather bureau in Shimla on Wednesday predicted more snowfall between January 11 and 12.
Most of the prominent tourist towns like Shimla, Narkanda, Kufri, Kalpa, Dalhousie and Manali are likely to have light to moderate spells of snowfall, meteorological office director Manmohan Singh told IANS.

He said western disturbances—storm systems originating from Caspian Sea and moving across the Afghanistan-Pakistan region—are likely to be active in the region from the evening of January 10 and would remain active till January 13. - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...al/710946.html

Snow, rain likely today

The Bharmour valley in Chamba covered under a thick blanket of snow. Photo: Kamaljeet
Shimla, January 8
The Met office on Tuesday predicted light to moderate snowfall in Lahaul- Spiti, Kullu, Kinnaur, Shimla and Chamba districts from tomorrow while the fresh western disturbance may result in rain and snow from January 10 to January 12, reviving the chill in the state.

The traffic on Shimla-Kufri-Narkanda Rampur road and Theog-Rohru road was restored yesterday, but the PWD has yet to restore the Chopal-Deha road as the icy layer on the road has made travelling unsafe between Chambi and Charki.
The people from Chopal are travelling via Haripurdhar through Sirmaur that takes them a day to reach Shimla - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...ay/710744.html
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Himachal to get moderate to heavy snow till Saturday
Shimla, January 10
Moderate to heavy snowfall may occur across Himachal Pradesh from Thursday to Saturday and the government has advised residents and tourists not to venture to the higher reaches.

An advisory has been issued against venturing to the high hills of Shimla, Kullu, Sirmaur, Chamba, Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur districts as chances of heavy snowfall and landslides are high till January 12, a government spokesperson told IANS here.

He said even the snow-bound areas near the tourist resort of Manali like Solang, Beas Kund, Nehru Kund, Gulaba and Marhi should be avoided - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...ay/711490.html
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Railway stations on Shimla route now free Wi-Fi zones

Fifteen stations on the Kalka-Shimla route are now free Wi-Fi zones, said an official of the Northern Railway.
He said earlier, this facility was available only at three stations, Kalka, Shimla and Solan in the section. Now, the facility was available at all stations which include Barog, Dharampur, Gumman, Koti, Kumarhatti Dagshai, Sanwara, Taksal, Kandaghat, Salogra, Kanoh, Kaithlighat, Shoghi, Tara Devi, Jutogh and Summerhill.

The broadband internet connectivity had been made live with ‘RailWire’ Wi-Fi by RailTel, which is a Mini Ratna PSU under the Ministry of Railways.
RailTel had successfully provided high-speed Wi-Fi at 746 stations across India, catering to more than eight million users per month, the official said.

The PSU provides one of the largest and fastest public Wi-Fi networks of the world. Designed to offer users the best internet experience, RailWire Wi-Fi is available to any user who has a smartphone with working mobile connection for KYC considerations.

Explaining the modalities of how to use the free RailWire Wi-Fi facility at the stations, Puneet Chawla, CMD of RailTel, said the users had to switch on the Wi-Fi mode in the smartphone and select the RailWire Wi-Fi network. The RailWire homepage automatically appears on the smartphone, the user has to enter his mobile number on this homepage along with the OTP which the user will get in the form of SMS .

After verification the users will be connected to the high-speed internet service. The Northern Railway was also planning to provide other world-level facilities on the Kalka-Shimla railway corridor, the official said.

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Cold wave in Himachal to intensify with chances of snow, rain

The cold wave will intensify in Himachal Pradesh with widespread rain and snow forecast in the coming days by the Met Office here on Friday. The precipitation is likely to last till January 16.

“Certain areas are likely to experience heavy spells of snow and rain till Sunday," an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official told IANS.

He said chances of snow in the higher reaches of Shimla, Kullu, Kinnaur, Lahaul-Spiti, Sirmaur and Chamba districts are high.

The Met department's forecast said the western disturbances -- storm systems originating from the Mediterranean Sea and moving across the Afghanistan-Pakistan region -- would remain active in the region till January 16.

"After January 13, another western disturbance would affect the region from January 15, causing scattered to fairly widespread precipitation till January 16," the official said.

Meanwhile, Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti district was the coldest town in the state with a low of minus 9.8 degree Celsius.

The minimum temperatures in Shimla and Manali were 2.7 degrees and one degree, respectively.

Dharamsala saw a low of 4.4 degrees, while it was minus 1.1 degree in Kufri and 0.6 degree in Dalhousie.

An advisory has been issued against venturing to the high hills as chances of heavy snowfall and landslides are high till January 13, a government spokesperson told IANS here.

He said even the snow-bound areas near the tourist resort of Manali like Solang, Beas Kund, Nehru Kund, Gulaba and Marhi should be avoided.

The Kullu administration has advised residents to stay indoors to avoid any untoward incidents.

Motorists are warned to be cautious while driving in the interiors as chances of road cave-ins and landslides are high after heavy snow.

https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...in/712119.html
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Himachal sees slight rise in mercury, but snow likely
Shimla, January 12
The hills of Himachal Pradesh on Saturday saw a slight rise in the mercury owing to dry weather but the Met Office has forecast chances of snowfall and rain in the coming days.

"There are chances of snowfall and rain in the state till January 16," a Met official told IANS.

He said western disturbances -- storm systems originating from the Mediterranean Sea and moving across the Afghanistan-Pakistan region into northern India -- were becoming active.

"Certain areas are likely to experience heavy spells of snow and rain till Sunday," the India Meteorological Department official said - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...ly/712679.html

Keylong shivers at minus 9.8 degrees C
Shimla, January 11
Severe cold wave conditions continued to sweep the state with several places in the higher reaches receiving fresh snowfall during the last 24 hours.

Keylong recorded the lowest temperature at minus 9.8 degrees Celsius while Kalpa recorded five degrees. There has been no appreciable change in the minimum and the maximum temperatures, though the day temperatures increased by one to 2 degrees.

According to the local Meteorological centre, a fresh Western Disturbance is likely to affect western Himalayan region from January 15. Isolated places in the middle and the high hills could receive rain and snow - here is the link to the news - https://www.tribuneindia.com/news/hi...-c/712571.html
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