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Cold wave back in North India as temperatures drop after heavy rain, snow

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Jan 19, 2013 at 08:55am IST

New Delhi: North India continued to shiver as cold wave intensified after snowfall and heavy rains in many parts. The Jammu-Srinagar highway has been blocked after snowfall continued on Friday. Various areas in the valley are suffering from long power cuts. Avalanche warnings have been issued for several areas.

Normal life was disrupted in Himachal Pradesh as well. Several parts of Himachal Pradesh remained cut off after rains and snowfall continued for the third day on Friday. Authorities have warned of avalanche threats and people have been advised to stay indoors. Educational institutions in the state have been closed for two days. Power supply has been disrupted in Kullu, Manali, Lahaul and Spiti. Shimla and Manali saw minimum temperatures hovering at 0 degrees celcius.

There has been a drop in temperature in the national capital too after heavy rainfall in the city on Thursday and Friday. The Met department has warned that the weekend could see fog and a further dip in temperatures.

In Uttarakhand, hill stations witnessed fresh snowfall while heavy rains and hail storms battered the plains. Incessant rains and snowfall led to a drop in minimum temperatures across the state. Capital Dehradun recorded a minimum of 9.3 degrees celsius, that's down by 1 degree from the day before.

Cold wave has intensified in Punjab and Haryana too as the maximum temperature dropped sharply by seven notches below normal. Light to moderate rain lashed both states on Friday. Chandigarh and Ludhiana had a maximum of 13 and 14 degrees Celsius while Hisar and Narnaul were at were at 15 and 14 degrees Celsius. The MeT department has predicted light to moderate rain and fog in both states in the next 24 hours.

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