Fresh snowfall disrupted normal life in the upper reaches of Kullu, Kinnaur and Lahaul Spiti districts of Himachal Pradesh with some areas recording more than 2 feet snow.
Around 32 cm snow was recorded in Keylong in Kinnaur district and over 2 feet was recorded in high altitude areas of Rohtang Pass, Jalori Pass, Gondhla, Koksar and Miyar valley.
“The weather is likely to improve from 4 November onwards in many parts of the state with scattered rains at some places,” State Meteorological department director Manmohan Singh told The Statesman.
The situation is much worse for the residents of Lahaul Spiti where vehicular traffic has also come to a halt and their only link to outside world, Rohtang Pass too has been closed for traffic as the area had received over 2 feet snow.
Even the Himachal Road Transport Corporation bus service between Lahaul and Kullu being suspended due to heavy snow at the Rohtang Pass.
The early snowfall this season had caught the locals as well as district administration unawares as they are yet to store kerosene supply for winters.
There was reportedly power outage since Saturday morning in some areas with state Electricity Board trying to restore power to these areas.
There were reports that some areas of Lahaul Spiti had been without power since 22 September when the state had received rains and the higher reaches of the district had recorded season’s first snowfall.
The farmers of the district are already a harried lot as snowfall from 22-24 September had destroyed their apple crop while the fresh snowfall since Friday night was now hindering the transportation of crop to collection centres.
The Lahaul Spiti district administration advised the locals to stay indoors for next few days.
Vehicular traffic has also been affected in high reaches as Rohtang Pass, Jalori Pass in Kullu district, Keylong and its surrounding areas in Kinnaur district.
Shikari Devi, Kamrunag, Barot and Chohar valley in Mandi district have also received mild snowfall since last night.