New Delhi: Cold conditions on Friday prevailed in most parts of northern India with the mercury dipping to sub- zero level at several places in Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.
Intense cold tightened its grip on Jammu and Kashmir with the state capital Srinagar recording a low of -2.7 degree Celsius as against yesterday`s -2.2 deg C.
The famous ski resort of Gulmarg settled at a low of -14 deg C, while Pahalgam recorded minimum -8.4 deg C.
Qazigund, the gateway town to Kashmir, registered minimum minus 3.6 deg C as against yesterday`s -1.9 deg C.
The mercury plummeted by over four notches in Leh and Kargil in cold desert region of Ladakh, with the twin towns recording a low of -17.6 deg C and -15.0 deg C respectively.
Cold waves continued to sweep most places in Punjab and Haryana.
Amritsar recorded a low of 3.8 deg C, while it was minimum 8.4 deg C at Patiala.
In Haryana, Hisar recorded a low of 7.5 deg C, Karnal 6.2 deg C and Narnaul 6.6 deg C.
Chandigarh, the joint capital of the two neighbouring states, registered minimum 7 deg C.
Mercury continued its downward spiral in tribal areas of Himachal Pradesh with Keylong shivering at minimum -14.5 deg C, six points below normal.
Avalanche threat loomed large over tribal areas and people have been advised not to venture out for next two days and all schools have been closed till February 11.
Mercury hovered between -1.5 deg C and -0.6 deg C at the key tourist resort of Manali, bracing for winter carnival from tomorrow, and Bhuntar.
Thick ground frost occurred at several places in the hill state and vehicular traffic was affected due to slippery road conditions.