The mid and higher hills of Himachal Pradesh witnessed intermittent moderate snowfall this morning, while widespread rains lashed the lower hills of the state. Normal life was disrupted in the upper Shimla area as roads were closed due to snowfall, while the Hindustan-Tibet road at Narkanda was blocked and the traffic was diverted through Basantpur and Kingal. Shimla District Commissioner Amit Kashyap said traffic was suspended beyond Dhalli as a precautionary measure earlier but now the roads in the upper Shimla are through and only the Rampur-bound HRTC buses are diverted via Basantpur. "There is no traffic disruption in Shimla city and all roads leading to hospitals are opened," he added. The local Meteorological (MeT) office had warned of snow at the mid and higher hills and forecast rains and snowfall for the next two days. Kothi received 15 cm of snow, followed byKeylong 11 cm,Bharmaur 10 cm,Narkanda 8 cm, Theog 3 cm,Kufri 2 cm, Kalpa 1.6 cm,Jubbal 1.3 cm and Mashobara 0.5 cm. Sabgraha was wettest with 31 mm of rains followed by Nahan 23.1 mm, Solan 21mm, Dharmsala 20 mm, Berthin 18.2 mm, Dharampur 15.2 mm, Hamirpur 15 mm, Kotkhai 15 mm, Naina Devi 12.2 mm, Manali 9 mm, Una 7 mm, Shimla 5.8 mm. The minimum temperatures fluctuated marginally and Keylong was coldest in the region with a low of minus 4.9 degrees Celsius, followed by Kufri at minus 1.8 degrees Celsius, Kalpa at minus 1 degrees Celsius. The key tourists resorts of Shimla and Manali recorded a minimum temperature at 0.2 degrees Celsius and 1.1 degrees Celsius, respectively.
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