Himachal shivers, taps freeze in Shimla

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Old 17-Jan-2011
Himachal shivers, taps freeze in Shimla

Shimla: The cold wave intensified in most parts of shivering Himachal Pradesh yesterday, with Shimla experiencing its coldest night of the season on Saturday.

Water in taps in residential areas located in Shimla's US Club and Jakhu hills remained frozen throughout the day due to the extreme cold.

Snowfall and rain Saturday pulled down the temperature to a stinging minus 3.3 C in Shimla. The capital saw 5cm of snow Saturday.

However, flights in and out of the state resumed after a day's gap even though delays were reported.

"The night temperature in Shimla fell by 1.6 degrees [C] from Saturday's 1.7 degrees [C]. It was for the first time the night temperature nose-dived this low," a weather official said. The maximum temperature of the town settled at 6.7C.

Traffic troubles

Vehicular traffic also remained disrupted in upper Shimla for the second day yesterday. A government spokesperson said that no state-run bus has been plying in upper Shimla since Saturday evening as a large number of vehicles were stuck in snow between Kufri and Narkanda.

"The traffic is likely to restore by Monday afternoon," he said.

Kufri and Narkanda saw good spells of snow in the past two days, the Met office said.

Kalpa in Kinnaur district saw 10.6cm of snow, whereas Manali in Kullu district, Dalhousie in Chamba district and McLeodganj in Kangra district got moderate snow.

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