The Meteorological department has predicted snowfall in the higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh and rain at isolated places in the mid hills and plains from Sunday, attributing it to “western disturbance”.

Snowfall may occur in the higher reaches and isolated rain may take place over mid hills and plains on December 9, said local Met Centre director Manmohan Singh. He said the rainfall activity would increase on December 10 and 11.

Widespread snowfall is expected on December 10, according to the Met office.

Meanwhile, tourist destinations like Kalpa on the higher reaches already received snowfall on Friday. There was moderate snowfall in Lahaul-Spiti, Kinnaur, Kullu, Shimla and Sirmaur districts too.

While there was no rain in Shimla and nearby Kufri, Mashobra and Narkanda, a Met official in Shimla said Manali experienced rainfall.

Manali experienced a minimum temperature of 2.2 degrees Celsius on Friday. In Shimla, the minimum temperature was 4.7 degrees Celsius, while it was minus 3.8 degrees in Kalpa.

Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti remained coldest in the state, recording a low minus 9.9 degrees Celsius.

(With agency inputs)