Fresh snowfall in Chamba region

Chandigarh: Moderate rain lashed many parts of North-West India during the past 24 hours, bringing a considerable fall in the temperature in the region.

The mercury dipped by two degrees to ten degrees Celsius below normal in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh following rain.

According to the weather office here, southwest monsoon has further advanced into some more parts of north Arabian sea and Saurashtra and Kutch and in some parts of east Uttar Pradesh. Conditions are favourable for further advance of south west monsoon over some parts of Uttar Pradesh during the next 48 hours.

The high altitude areas of Chamba district of Himachal Pradesh experienced a fresh spell of moderate to heavy snowfall on Monday night, while widespread rain was reported from other parts of the State during the last 24 hrs.

The Saach Pass and Manimahesh in the district experienced another spell of fresh snowfall and official sources said Pangi valley continued to remain cut off from Chamba.

The pilgrims' trek to Manimahesh in the district has also been called off after the area received heavy snowfall on Monday night and people have been advised not to undertake the journey until the weather improved.

Heavy rains have been reported in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh with Dharamshala and Palampur receiving 111.8 mm and 100.3 mm rain respectively till 8.30 am, while Shimla had received 47.8 mm rain till 5.30 pm.

Moderate to heavy rains or thundershowers are likely to occur at many places in Himachal Pradesh and light to moderate rains or thundershowers at many places in Punjab and Haryana during the next 24 hours.

In Punjab, the temperature fell ten degrees below normal at Amritsar following downpour. The city recorded the temperature at 29.4 degrees Celsius. Ludhiana, which measured 23 mm rain, registered 31.4 degrees Celsius, nine degrees below normal. Patiala recorded five degrees below normal at 34.0 degrees in the wake of rain. Balachour reported 38.2 mm rainfall.

Certain areas in Haryana also had rain. Rohtak recorded 108.2 mm rain and Nelokheri 45.4 mm rainfall till morning on Tuesday. The mercury dipped eight degrees below normal at Ambala recording 31.1 degrees. The temperature also fell in Chandigarh and its adjoining areas.