Shimla sees heaviest snow in 30 years as whiteout conditions hit Himachal Pradesh, India

Shimla sees heaviest snow in 30 years as whiteout conditions hit Himachal Pradesh, India

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, 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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