Cold wave persists in North India

The cold wave conditions continued unabated in North India on Tuesday with rain and fog lowering the temperatures and affecting normal lives.

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New Delhi: The cold wave conditions continued unabated in North India on Tuesday with rain and fog further lowering the temperatures and affecting normal lives.

Fresh snowfall was reported from Uttarakhand for the second day today further dipping the temperature in the state. Major roads in the higher areas of Chamoli district were closed yesterday due to snow.

Madhya Pradesh continued to be under the grip of the cold weather today with fog and rain reported from several parts of the state.

Tuesday's weather conditions were no respite from the cold for the people even as temperatures continued to plummet affecting rail, road and air services.

The national capital woke up to chilly, foggy morning with the visibility dropped to 800 meters at 8.30 am.

The minimum temperature in the morning settled a notch above the season's average at 9 degrees Celsius and the maximum temperature is likely to hover around 20 degrees Celsius.

Nearly 20 trains coming to the city were delayed though the flights were not disrupted by the fog.

Icy winds swept through the hills of Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday with Keylong as the coldest town in the state with a minimum temperature of minus 9.6 degrees Celsius.

Kalpa in Kinnaur district which saw fresh snowfall of 8 cm recorded a low of minus 3.8 degrees Celsius, while the temperature was minus 4.2 degrees Celsius in Manali

Shimla recorded a minimum of 0.7 degree, a slight fall from Monday's 0.9 degree Celsius.

The traffic bound for towns in Shimla district such as Jubbal, Kotkhai, Kharapathar, Rohru and Chopal was affected for the third day Tuesday.

The connectivity on the Kullu-Manali National Highway 21 remained suspended near Patlikuhl, some 20 km before Manali, for heavy vehicles, including buses, officials said. However, small vehicles like cars and taxis have started plying on the highway.

Meanwhile, the death toll due to cold wave in Uttar Pradesh reached 11 even as there was no respite from the chill.

(With Agencies Inputs)

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