New Delhi: The cold wave continues to prevail across North India as the temperatures remain below normal. In Himachal Pradesh, the Hindustan-Tibet and Kiratpur-Manali National Highways remained closed due to heavy snowfall. In Delhi, the temperature over the weekend fell to 6.3 degree Celsius. After remaining shut for three days, one-way traffic has been restored on the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, but fresh snowfall has been predicted again.
In Himachal, five persons were killed in an avalanche in Kinnaur district on Saturday night, officials said, adding upper reaches of the state remained cut off for the fifth day on Sunday due to heavy snowfall in past few days.
Keylong was the coldest place in the state with a minimum of minus 12.5 degrees, whereas Manali shivered at minus 6.2 degrees, six notches below normal, Met office said.
The minimum temperature in capital Shimla was recorded at zero degree and the maximum was 8.8 degrees Celsius, they added. Normal life remained affected in most parts of the state due to disruption in supply of electricity and water.
In Jammu and Kashmir, the weather remained mainly dry and no fresh snowfall was reported from any part of the Vally.
The Jammu-Srinagar National Highway was reopened today for one-way traffic after remaining closed for three days due to heavy snowfall on either side of the Pir Panjal range.
The minimum temperature in Srinagar was normal at minus 0.5 degrees, while the maximum was recorded at 7.5 degrees Celsius, Met officials said. The weathermen forecast possibility of snow in next few days.
In Uttarakhand, Ukteshwar recorded the lowest minimum of minus 1.5 degrees, followed by Tehri, which shivered at minus 0.5 degrees Celsius.
While cold wave conditions persisted in most parts of the state, particularly in the upper reaches, the weather remained mainly dry throughout the day and now fresh snowfall was reported in the state, Met officials said. Punjab and Haryana too continued to remain in the grip of cold as temperatures hovered below normal in most parts of the region. Residents woke up to a foggy morning in the Union Territory of Chandigarh, which recorded a minimum of 7.6 degrees Celsius. Narnaul was the coldest place in Haryana with a low of 3.2 degrees, followed by Bhiwani at 4.8 degrees Celsius.
In Punjab, Amritsar braved the chill at 4.2 degrees Celsius. The Met office, in its forecast, says cold conditions will prevail in the region over the next two days. Weather in Uttar Pradesh, which witnessed over 250 deaths due to harsh winter, remained mainly dry, with the mercury dipping at several places during night. Agra was the coldest place in the state with a minimum of 3.7 degrees Celsius. The night temperatures fell in various parts of the state including Varanasi, Faizabad, Alllahabad, Lucknow and Jhansi and Agra divisions. It was, however, above normal in Gorakhpur division.
With additional information from PTI