Shimla: Himachal Pradesh is shivering on Wednesday with an intense cold wave as the Met office predicts heavy rains and snowfall till Friday.
Advisory has been issued by the State Disaster Management Authority following an avalanche warning in the high hills by the Manali-based Snow and Avalanche Study Establishment (SASE).
The SASE has issued the avalanche threat for Chamba, Lahaul-Spiti, Shimla, Kinnaur and Kullu districts till Thursday.
Officials said the district administrations has kept search and rescue teams on standby to meet any eventuality.
The Met office sources said the western disturbances, storm systems originating from Caspian Sea and moving across the Afghanistan-Pakistan region, will be active in the region till Thursday.
It said under the influence of an active western disturbance, rain and snowfall are likely to occur at most parts in the state till Thursday.