The route to Vaishno Devi is struck due to the heavy rainfall. And the high reaches in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Kashmir have been lashed with snowfall. According to the weather department, rains and snowfall will continue in the next 3 days as well. That means, there will be no escape from the cold waves until March 11.
The places snow-capped in Himachal Pradesh are Kufri, Khadapathar, Fagu, Narkanda and Mashobara. Tribal districts of Lahaul-Spiti and Kinnaur have also been wrapped under the snow. More than 90 cm of snow has been recorded on the Rohtang Pass. An alert has been issued from such places. Despite all this, tourists from the neighboring states Punjab, Delhi are rushing to Manali to get respite from the heat and enjoy the pleasant weather. There were reports of snowfall in Solang Nala in Kullu, Koksar in Lahaul and Sissu and Kalpa in Kinnaur, Mani Mahesh in Chamba, Churdhar and Haripur Dhar in Sirmaur, and the Dhauladhar ranges in Kangra.
Jawahar tunnel near Kashmir, Banihal, Gulmarg and Sonamarg are also snow-clad. There has been snowfall since Tuesday night. Among other areas that saw heavy snowfall include north Kashmir’s Lolab and Handwara. Meanwhile, Srinagar-Jammu national highway has been closed due to heavy rainfall that triggered landslides in the region. The possibility of more highway blockages and tourists stranded cannot be ruled out.
While the mountains are covered with snow, the valley’s plains are wet spell. Significantly, the change in weather is due to the passage of western disturbances which will influence the weather conditions in Uttarakhand, Himachal and Kashmir in the coming three days also. As per the weather forecast, this might not be the best time to visit hill stations.