Fresh snow freezes Shimla at 0.6 degrees

February 17th, 2011 - 2:46 pm ICT by IANS  

Shimla, Feb 17 (IANS) The season’s third snowfall here in Himachal Pradesh froze the “Queen of Hills’, as Shimla was fondly called by the British, at a minimum of 0.6 degrees Celsius Thursday.Shimla had recorded 4.8 cm of snow Wednesday evening and the minimum temperature was 2.4 degrees.

Keylong, the headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti district, was the coldest in the state Thursday with a minimum temperature of minus 7.1 degrees Celsius.

Kalpa, a picturesque town 250 km from the state capital, saw a temperature of minus 3.5 degrees Celsius. It has recorded 7.1 cm of snow since Wednesday.

Likewise, Bhuntar and Dharamsala towns recorded night temperatures at 3.4 degrees and 2.7 degrees Celsius, respectively.

A spokesperson for the Met office said: “The western disturbances that had been active in the state since Sunday have weakened now. It would completely recede from the region by Friday.”

However, he said, the western disturbances are likely to reappear by Sunday.

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