Cold winds sweep Himachal, temp to dip further

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SHIMLA: It was freezing cold in Himachal Pradesh on Wednesday as winds swept the region all day. The situation had worsened in the past three weeks with the roads blocked and no electricity in the remote areas.

Many parts of the state received rain and snow on Wednesday. Areas of Kinnaur and Lahaul & Spiti are without power, and roads on the higher reaches of Shimla are yet to be cleared. The weathermen forecast more cold days from January 21.

The state received rain and snow in excess between January 1-18, almost 146% more than the usual.

According to the Shimla meteorological centre, there would be more snow and thunderstorms at isolated places on the mid and higher hills in the next few days, due to the western disturbances.

Keylong in Lahaul-Spiti remained the coldest in the state with the minimum temperature of minus 11.2 degrees celsius, while Kalpa town of Kinnaur district recorded a minimum temperature of minus 6.7 degrees celsius.

The maximum day temperature dropped to 5.2 degree in Shimla while the minimum day temperature dipped to 1 degree celsius.