Piercing cold wave conditions continued unabated in Himachal Pradesh on Sunday as tribal areas and other higher hills had a fresh spell of snowfall while the mid and lower hills received moderate rains.

The sky remained heavily overcast and icy winds swept the region forcing people to stay indoors.

The tribal Bharmaur valley witnessed 21 cm of snow while Keylong and Kalpa in Lahaul and Spiti and Kinnaur received 11 cm ad five cm of snow and Dhauladhar and Churdhar ranges experienced moderate snowfall.

Manali and Shimla, which had snowflakes, recorded 11 mm and 3 mm rains while Dalhousie, Una and Dharamsala had 5 mm, 4 mm 3 mm rains.

Sub-zero in some areas

The minimum temperatures rose marginally and Keylong, Kalpa and Manali recorded a low of minus 6.8 deg C, minus 2.4 deg C and minus 0.6 deg C while Solan, Shimla, Una, Sundernagar and Bhuntar shivered with minimum temperature at 2.2 deg C, 2.7 deg C, 3.0 deg, 3.7 deg C and 3.9 deg C respectively.

Palampur recorded a low of 6.2 deg C while Dharamsala was marginally colder with minimum temperature at 5.4 deg C, three degrees below normal.

Una was hottest with maximum temperature at 21.2 deg C, while Sundernagar, Solan and Bhuntar recorded a high of 18.7 deg C, 17.7 deg C and 16.0 deg C, followed by Nahan 15.6 deg, Dharamshala 15.2 deg, Shimla 13.1 deg and Kalpa 3.0 deg C.

The local MeT office has predicted dry weather for next two days and rains, thunderstorm and snowfall from January 8 onwards. — PTI