Himachal Pradesh is likely to receive more snowfall this week, the weather bureau said on Monday. The Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE) in Manali has advised people not to venture in avalanche prone slopes that are loaded with snow. According to a government statement, an advisory has been issued for Shimla, Chamba, Lahaul-Spiti, Kullu and Kinnaur districts of the state.
"A fresh western disturbance is very likely to affect the western Himalayan region on January 29 causing widespread rainfall and snow in the state till February 1," an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official said.
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Shimla, along with nearby tourist spots Kufri and Narkanda experienced more snowfall in the past 24 hours.
The capital city witnessed a low of minus one degree Celsius, recorded mild snowfall, while Kufri and Mashobra recorded moderate snowfall.
The snowy landscape in Shimla would stay for two-three days, the official said. Reports said some of the areas in apple belt Jubbal and Kharapathar also experienced snow.
Manali experienced a low of minus 5.3 degrees Celsius, while it was 1.8 degrees in Dharamsala, minus 5.8 degrees in Kufri and minus 1.3 degrees in Dalhousie.
Lower areas of the state like Palampur, Solan, Nahan, Bilaspur, Una, Hamirpur and Mandi towns saw extremely chilly conditions with icy winds.
Meanwhile, cold wave intensified in Uttar Pradesh on Monday with reports of rains in few parts of the state, the weather office said.
The day witnessed gusty winds, which made it difficult for people to venture out of their houses during early hours.
According to JP Gupta, Director of the regional Met Office, the cold wave was due to a western disturbance in the region which will continue till February 2.
The temperature is likely to further plummet by at least five degrees.
Some of the parts will experience poor visibility due to fog, causing train delays and road traffic.
The minimum temperature in the state capital on Monday was recorded at 8 degrees Celsius and the maximum is likely to hover around 20 degrees.