As the news of the snowfall spread around, tourists started arriving at the hill stations, said members of the hospitality industry. The temperature remained near the freezing point in many places, said a weather department official.

"The high hills in Lahaul and Spiti, Kinnaur, Kullu, Shimla, Sirmaur and Chamba districts have been experiencing moderate snowfall," he added. Manali, which saw a low of minus one degree Celsius, saw 18 cm of snow.

Shimla, which recorded a minimum of one degree Celsius, saw 2 cm snow, but its nearby destinations Kufri, Fagu and Narkanda experienced moderate to heavy snowfall, the official said.

Kalpa, around 250 km from Shimla, was the coldest at a minus 2.8 degrees Celsius. It saw 18 cm of snow. Lower areas of the state including Dharamsala, Palampur, Solan, Nahan, Bilaspur, Una, Hamirpur and Mandi towns received moderate rain, bringing down the temperature considerably.


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