The north remained in the grip of cold conditions on Sunday with dense fog affecting rail and air traffic in the region even as Uttar Pradesh announced that school for students up to Std XII in the state would be shut till Jan. 14 in view of the chilly weather.
Mild rains in vast swathes of north India on Friday brought down day temperatures substantially while a fresh bout of snowfall occurred in hills of Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand, further intensifying the cold wave conditions.
After a brief spell of warm weather, icy winds blowing from the snow-capped mountains in Himalayan region brought back the chill in the air in the capital though the minimum temperature was above normal.
Cold wave intensified in most
parts of north India on Wednesday with mercury falling in Punjab,
Haryana and Chandigarh and the minimum temperature dipping to
5.2 degrees Celsius in the national capital.