Western Disturbances showed maximum impact in Himachal Pradesh’s capital Shimla. The first snowfall of this year on Thursday broke the 20-year record. By night, 50 centimeters (about two feet) of snow fell. Earlier on February 12, 2002, Shimla experienced 54.1 cm of snow. The highest snowfall occurred in 1990 when snow fell by about 150 cm or 10 feet. Apart from Shimla, Solan, Sirmaur, Kinnaur, Kullu, Chamba and Lahaul Spiti have also experienced snow. Due to this, more than 300 roads including three National Highways are closed for movement. Bus service on 467 routes of HRTC has come to a standstill.
After snow, the temperature in Shimla fell by 13 degrees. Thursday’s maximum temperature dropped to 17 degrees as of Wednesday (28.5 degrees). It was recorded at 11.5 on Thursday. The snowfall is likely to continue in Himachal for the next two days. While the weather in the plains is forecast to be clear.
Tourists continue to come to Shimla even after the forecast of bad weather. Due to the weekend being close, the hotels of tourist places are fully packed for the next three days. People associated with the hotel industry are very happy with this.