Shimla: Holiday declared in schools, roads shut after fresh snowfall

Shimla: Shimla and its surrounding areas of Kufri, Narkanda and Khara Pathar in Himachal Pradesh experienced more snowfall on Wednesday morning, said officials.

Road links to upper regions in Shimla were cut off, following the heavy snowfall in the tourist town of Kufri.

Traffic movement was hampered in the capital’s main circular road and other lateral roads as a holiday was declared in schools in the popular hill station, after the fresh snow spell.

The district administration in Shimla deployed machinery to clear the roads.

The India Meteorological Department has forecast thunderstorm accompanied with hailstorm, gusty winds and lightning at isolated places over Himachal Pradesh, and neighbouring Uttarakhand, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and sub-Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim for Wednesday.

Shimla recorded the minimum temperature at 2 degree Celsius, said an official of the India Meteorological Department said, reported IANS.

The Met department had said western disturbance, a storm system originating from the Mediterranean-Caspian Sea region and moving across the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, would be active again in the region till February 27 with chances of more snow and rainfall.

(With inputs from Agencies)