Shimla, Jan 7:  Famous tourist destination Shimla and other areas of Himachal Pradesh have been reeling under freezing cold wave conditions as thick blanket of snow enveloped the hilly region this morning. Shimla, Manali, Dalhousie, Dharamsala received a fresh spell of snowfall while thunderstorm, rains and sleet lashed few other areas of the state. This is the heaviest snowfall that Himachal Pradesh has recorded this season. Also Read - Rangoli Chandel Thanks 'Corona Fellow' For Reuniting 'Maasi' Kangana Ranaut And 'Prithu', Pictures From Manali go Viral

The Rohtang Pass (13,050 ft) and adjoining areas received 10 cm to 15 cm of fresh snowfall while parts of Solan district were hit by hailstorm and rains. Snowfall, accompanied by strong velocity icy winds and rains has been reported from famous tourist’s destinations of Narkanda, Fagu, Kufri. Also Read - Coronavirus Outbreak: Spectators Unfazed as They Pour in For 1st ODI Between India and South Africa in Dharamsala

Normal life has come to a standstill as snow blankets Shimla and other parts. Many vehicles have been damaged and roads have been blocked due to increasing cold sonditions in the state. Electricity supply has also been hampered due to heavy snowfall in Shimla. Reports stated that Solan and Shimla recorded minimum temperatures at 4.5 degree and 4.9 degree. Bhuntar recorded 5.0 degree, Sundernagar recorded 5.6 degree while Dharamsala recorded 9.0 degree Celsius.

As per reports, the local meteorological office has issued a warning of rain, thunder storm and heavy snowfall today and tomorrow. Mrutyunjay Mohapatra of the MeT Department has said that an active western disturbance is affecting Western Himalayan region, like J&K, Himachal Pradesh from January 3. “From yesterday onwards it is affecting Punjab, Haryana, West UP, Delhi, Chandigarh and some parts of north Rajasthan. There has been rainfall, snowfall at most places over J&K, Himachal & Uttarakhand”, Mrutyunjay said. He further informed that the maximum rainfall of 7 cms has been observed over Chandigarh during past 24 hours.

As per Sky Met weather, the first snowfall of the season in Himachal Pradesh occurs normally in the month of November but this year, most of the western disturbance remained in higher latitude and failed to induce any significant cyclonic circulation over Northwest plains. Therefore, snowfall and winter rain remained absent throughout the months of November and December.