Snowfall accompanied by hailstorm and rains on Monday lashed Himachal Pradesh which brought an end to dry spell and brought temperatures significantly down across the state. The season’s second significant snowfall in tourists places as Shimla, Kufri, Narkanda, Manali and surrounding places brought cheers on the faces of tourists and hoteliers alike as these tourist towns started witnessing heavy rush.

Fresh snowfall was also reported in higher reaches of Kinnaur, Sirmaur, Kullu, Chamba and Lahaul-Spiti districts since morning and it had also brought some respite to apple growers who are fearing losses this year too, on account of less snowfall during winters. The scanty snowfall has though failed to liven up their spirits as the horticulturalists were expected heavy snowfall for at least two days. The high hills areas surrounding the tourist towns of Manali has witnessed heavy snowfall and there were reports of around 3-4 feet snowfall at Rohtang Pass.

The lower areas of the state as Dharamsala, Palampur, Solan, Nahan, Bilaspur, Una, Hamirpur and Mandi received rains, bringing down the temperature considerably. These areas were witnessing temperature above normal due to prolonged dry spell of weather.

The entire Kinnaur district and towns in Shimla district such as Narkanda, Jubbal, Kotkhai, Kumarsain, Kharapathar, Rohru and Chopal are cut off due to snow and the administration has initiated operations to restore traffic.”The movement of vehicles would soon be restored in these areas,” Deputy Commissioner, Shimla, Amit Kashyap said.

Shimla Meteorological department official said the middle and high hills areas would continue to receive rains and snow till Tuesday while dry weather conditions would prevail in the lower areas of the state.The lowest temperature during the last 24 hours was recorded at the district headquarters of Lahaul-Spiti, Keylong (-4.9 degree Celsius) and highest temperature was recorded at Berthin (26.8°C) in Bilaspur district.