After prolonged dry winter spell, Himachal Pradesh was finally lashed with snowfall and rain, bringing joy and relief among the locals and farmers who were bothered with the snow-drought.

This year, the northern snowy land of Himachal Pradesh had withstood a prolonged snowfall-less time, worrying the locals and farmers – and cutting down flocks of tourists visiting the state because what would Manali be without snow, or Shimla, or Kufri. However, on Tuesday, the dry spell finally ended and the day which began with a biting-cold morning progressed to afternoon with blissfully heavy snowfall and rain. Flocks of excited tourists and locals had gathered up in Shimla’s famous Mall Road and the historic Ridge to welcome the first snowfall of the season – cheer was in the air.

It snowed all night in Shimla and other adjoining regions including Sanjauli, Dhalli, Mashobara, Kufri, Fagu and Narkanda – and more than 15 to 30 cm of snow had accumulated on the streets. Soon after hearing about the snowfall, tourists had thronged to Shimla and Kufri – spreading cheer among the locals who depends on tourism for bread. Hotels are already booked up for next few days and while the snowfall may have temporarily thrown the normal life out of gear, the tourism of Himachal Pradesh is back on track – all for good.

As of now, about 200 roads across the state have been blocked because of the heavy rainfall – but the government has already ordered authorities to clear off the roads as soon as possible. The Shimla meteorological department has forecasted that the temperature in Himachal Pradesh is likely to remain low due to snow-capped mountains, but next four to five days will be dry due to western disturbance.