However, the snowfall paralysed normal life in many parts of Himachal Pradesh, including upper area of Shimla as vehicular traffic was disrupted on major roads including Shimla -Narkanda roads. Fallen trees also disrupted electricity supplies in the town.
However, clearance work is in progress to restore the traffic movement. Deputy Commissioner Shimla Dinesh Malhotra said, “There have been reports of over a feet snow beyond Kufri, Fagu and Narkanda. Many parts of Chopal, Jubbal-Kotkhai and Rohru have also received snowfall during the day. Vehicular traffic was disrupted on Shimla- Mashbora -Naldehra making the people take long foot journeys to reach their homes.”
Snow is a big draw for tourists, especially from the plains of northern India. But Met officials are wary. They say it is still too early to predict whether Shimla will present a snowy landscape this Christmas.
Some areas like Jakhu and the US Club in Shimla Saturday experienced moderate snow but it melted immediately, Manmohan Singh, director of Shimla’s Met Office.
Nearby places like Kufri and Narkanda, however, experienced moderate to heavy snowfall. Likewise, Manali and its uphill Solang ski slopes also saw snow, the season’s first.
Singh said it was in 2012 when Shimla experienced significant snow in December, that too, after a gap of five years. But there was nothing on Christmas Eve or on Christmas Day. On Dec 14, 2007, the town recorded 19 cm of snow. Last year, the state capital saw a light spell of snow on Dec 22.
Mercury has come down by few notches in most of the places. In Shimla, minimum temperature was recorded at 3 degree celsius while in Manali it was 1.5 degree celsius. The lowest temperature -2.8°C was recorded at Kalpa.