Heavy snowfall in Himachal, Uttarakhand

Heavy snowfall in Himachal, Uttarakhand

The spell of heavy snowfall had Himachal Pradesh in its grip on Saturday, while the tourist town of Nainital in Uttarakhand experienced a flurry of white after a gap of two years.

The first heavy snowfall of the season in Shimla and Kinnaur region of Himachal Pradesh disrupted traffic, telecommunication links and supply of power and water, while a large number of tourists were stranded.

Vehicular traffic was brought to a halt beyond Shoghi, 13 km from Shimla. Key tourist resorts of Kufri, Fagu and Narkanda had 45-55 cm of snow.

In Uttarakhand, a number of places located above 2,000 metres in both Kumaon and Garhwal regions received fresh snow.  The lake city of Nainital experienced its first snowfall in almost two years.

Kashmir hit

Heavy snowfall in the upper reaches and moderate blizzard in the plains of Kashmir brought life to a standstill for the second consecutive day on Saturday with the national highway remaining closed and air traffic disrupted, DHNS reports from Srinagar.

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