High altitude lakes in Himachal have started freezing as temperature has plunged to below zero degree celsius resulting to decrease the water level of rivers.

Suraj Tal lake (16,000 feet) near Baralacha, Chandertal (13,950 feet) in Spiti, Bhrigu lake (14,100) in Manali and Dashaur lake (13,800 feet) above Rohtang pass have frozen partially. Manali-Leh highway too has turned frosty at Baralacha-la and driving has become very risky here.

As per the reports of Shimla meteorological office, Himachal has recorded decrease in minimum temperature by 1 to 2 degrees in last 24 hours and Keylong (Lahaul) was the coldest inhabited area of the state at 5.3 degrees Celsius. Kalpa (Kinnaur), Manali, Shimla and Solan recorded minimum temperature at 5.6, 7.8 and 13 degrees Celsius, respectively.

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