File Image of Snowfall in Shimla
Several parts of north India are facing extreme weather. 13 Indian states are on storm alert for 2 days and the weather has already started wreaking havoc in several regions. On Monday night, a high-velocity dust storm hit Delhi. Kedarnath and Badrinath regions have received snowfall leaving many pilgrims stranded.
Himachal Pradesh is one of the affected states. Heavy rainfall and thunderstorm was predicted for various parts of the state including Shimla, Solan, Mandi and Kangra districts. As expected, Shimla has faced the brutal brunt of a severe hailstorm and snow. Keylong, a prominent pit stop on the way to Ladakh, is experiencing a maximum temperature drop to 3.5 degree C. Even in Shimla, the temperature has dropped 4-5 degrees below its normal weather. Following a severe hailstorm, the whole city has seen a whitewash. News agency ANI tweeted these photos:
Heres another tweet showing some pics from Shimla:
Travelers are advised to exercise caution and stay indoors till these weather conditions subside.