Icy winds enveloped the hills of Himachal Pradesh with the higher reaches recording sub-zero temperatures. There are chances of mild rain and snow at a few places in the state till Wednesday.
Shimla saw a slight rise in night temperature owing to cloudy skies. The minimum temperature was seven degrees Celsius, a rise from Tuesday's four degrees, a weather official told IANS.
The minimum in Dharamsala was 3.2 degrees Celsius, in Dalhousie 6.2 degrees and in Kufri 5.5 degrees.
According to Met department's forecast, western disturbances -- storm systems originating from the Mediterranean Sea and moving across the Afghanistan-Pakistan region -- would withdraw on January 17 and 18.
Thereafter, a fresh western disturbance is likely to affect the western Himalayan region with chances of rain and snow on January 20 and 21.
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