Himachal Pradesh in India received fresh and heavy snowfall on Thursday and Friday, February 4 and 5, 2021, resulting in whiteout conditions in several areas. State capital Shimla received 50 cm (19.7 inches) of snow in 24 hours — the city's highest in the last 30 years.
Kufri, Manali, and Dalhousie were engulfed in a white blanket of snow as the cold wave intensified across Himachal Pradesh, as well as in neighboring Uttarakhand and Jammu and Kashmir, where whiteout conditions were reported.
On Thursday, Kufri received up to 61 cm (24 inches), while Shillaro and Khadrala received 55 and 49 cm (21.6 and 19.3 inches), respectively.
Shimla received this year’s first spell of snowfall today morning, bringing cheer to tourists, hoteliers and apple growers.
The snow and rain in Himachal Pradesh since Wednesday broke a prolonged dry spell that lasted over a month.
— HT Punjab (@HTPunjab) February 4, 2021
Himachal Pradesh: Snow blocks several roads & turns them slippery, causing trouble for the residents. Visuals from Shimla.
A street vendor, Kamlesh says, "Roads are slippery. Mounds of snow have collected at many locations. People are walking cautiously to avoid falling down." pic.twitter.com/1LwjyGW6la
— ANI (@ANI) February 6, 2021
Himachal Pradesh: Heavy snowfall impeded daily life in the capital city of Shimla
The city has been blanketed in snow since it received a spell of snowfall on Feb 4
Visuals from around the city (5.2.2021) pic.twitter.com/I7kNZojD3d
— ANI (@ANI) February 5, 2021
Shimla, the capital of Himachal Pradesh, received up to 50 cm (19.7 inches) of snow in 24 hours — the highest in 30 years, according to the India Meteorological Department.
Heavy snowfall led to the disruption of transport and power supply in portions of the state, especially in the capital city.
Officials said three national highways– one state highway and 461 link roads in the state– were blocked with snow. The primary roads of Shimla were cleared of snow on Friday, but authorities warned drivers to take precautions due to a layer of black ice on the road.
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