Heavy snow and rains has hit a normal life in Himachal Pradesh. Heavy snowfall has cut off several areas in upper Shimla and Kinnaur region.

Hindustan-Tibet National highway was closed beyond Shimla due to heavy snow at Kufri, Fagu and Narkanda and traffic to Rampur and lower areas of Kinnaur was diverted via Dhami-Basantpur-Kingal road.

The highways connecting Chopal, Rohru and Nerwa areas of Shimla were closed due to heavy snow at Fagu, Khara Patthar and Deha. Power supply was also disrupted in parts of Shimla and Kinnaur district. Even power supply in Shimla town was disrupted.

Moorang, Chitkul, Kalpa and other higher reaches in tribal Kinnaur districts received 120 to 150 cm of fresh snow while Narkanda, Khara-Patthar, Malling and Pooh received 50 cm to 70 cm of snow.

The mighty Dhauladhar, Churdhar and High Mountain passes of Rohtang, Kunzam, Saach and Chansel are experiencing heavy Snowfall since last evening and above 150 cm of snow had been recorded till today’s morning.

As per reports Keylong and Koksar recorded 40 cm of snow while Solang Nallah and Mari had 45 cm and 65 cm of fresh snow. Saluni recorded 45 cm of snow while Bharmaur and Kalpa had 40 cm of snow followed by Chhatrarri 38 cm, Theog 35 cm and Tissa 32 cm. The Manali has received 45 cm of snow, whereas Shimla has received 25 cm of snow. Even lower parts of Shimla town like Khalini, New Shimla, Kasumpati, Panthaghati Malyana and Chakkar were also covered with white sheet of snow.

Lower hills of the state were lashed with rains. Dharamshala 51 mm, Gohar 47 mm, Kheri 45 mm, Nahan and Dharmpur 30 mm, Baijnath and Palampur 32 mm, Gaggal, Seobagh, Bhuntar and Joginder Nagar 29 mm and Solan 23 mm of rain.

Fressh snowfall and rain will be beneficial for apple growers of the state. It’ll give necessary moistures and chilling hours to the apple plants.