A deadly winter storm paralyzed much of the eastern United States on Tuesday, snarling transit and shutting down federal offices in Washington, and forecasters warned of the worst cold in two decades from another arctic front this week.
Record-breaking cold gripped the eastern United States while an icy winter storm crippled the nation`s central states and then plowed into the mid-Atlantic, dumping snow and forcing federal offices in Washington, DC to close on Tuesday.
Fresh snowfall in the higher reaches of Garhwal Himalayas, including the famed Himalayan shrines, and light showers coupled with icy winds in the lower areas revived freezing cold conditions in Chamoli district on Monday.
The US Northeast struggled to dig out from the latest in a series of winter storms that made February the snowiest month in Boston`s history, while Kentucky and Indiana braced for heavy snow on Sunday night and Monday.
Temperature rose marginally in most parts of North India as Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan experienced a pleasant and sunny day on Monday but the winter chill prevailed in Kashmir Valley and higher parts of Uttarakhand which received another spell of snowfall.
Kargil, in the frontier Ladakh region, was the coldest recorded place in Jammu and Kashmir as the minimum temperature there plummeted by nearly six degrees to minus 17 degrees Celsius even as the cold wave tightened its grip in the state.
Freezing winter conditions coupled with overcast skies in several areas kept the north firmly under the grip of the cold with fog also affecting normal life across the region where there is a forecast for rain or snowfall in some parts in the coming days.
The bone-chilling cold returned as the night temperature plunged below the freezing point across Kashmir division after a brief respite owing to the rains in plains and snowfall in high altitude areas early this week.