Shimla: The severe cold wave conditions persisted in most parts of Himachal Pradesh today as the mercury dropped by a few notches following overnight snowfall and rain in isolated places.
The region had a clear day in the morning but icy winds swept the hills and valleys and the sky was overcast and thick fog engulfed the landscape as the day advanced.
The clouded sky and fog kept the day temperature low while the minimum temperature dipped to minus 11.9 degrees Celsius at Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti, and minus 5.6 degrees at Kalpa in Kinnaur.
High altitude tribal areas and mountain passes groaned under biting cold wave conditions with the mercury staying 15 to 23 degrees below the freezing point while temperatures hovered around the freezing point in Shimla and Una, which shivered at 1.2 degrees and 1.5 degrees Celsius, respectively.
Palampur and Bhuntar recorded minimum temperatures at 2.2 and 2.8 degrees Celsius, followed by Dharamsala 3.2, Solan 3.7 and Nahan 8.1 degrees Celsius.
There was no significant increase in day temperatures and Una was the hottest at 18.6 degrees while Bhunter and Nahan recorded maximum temperatures at 16.2 and 16.1 degrees, followed by Sundernagar 15.4, Solan 14.5, Dharamsala 12.4, Shimla 9.7, Manali 6.0, and Kalpa 5.4 degrees Celsius.
Keylong, Saloni and Kalpa experienced 6 mm, 3 cm and 1 cm of fresh snow while Bandal and Dalhousie recorded 8 mm rain.
The local Met office has predicted rain or snow at isolated places tomorrow and dry weather from January 30 onwards.