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.
Intense cold wave on Tuesday continued to sweep across north India, including Uttar Pradesh where at least three persons died, with dense fog severely affecting road, rail and air traffic, even though night temperatures went up marginally in several places.
Cold wave sweeping north India continued unabated on Monday as snowfall in higher reaches and rains in most parts led to chilly conditions even as heavy fog at some places affected rail, road and air services.
Light to heavy rains lashed several parts of north India intensifying cold wave conditions in the region as snowfall in higher reaches brought down day temperature considreably in Delhi and neighbouring states.
Srinagar and Leh witnessed the coldest night of the season so far as the cold wave tightened its grip further in Kashmir Valley and Ladakh region with the minimum temperatures remaining several degrees below the freezing point.
Cold wave tightened its grip over Kashmir division after a day's respite as the minimum temperature across the Valley dipped below the freezing point, with Leh, in Ladakh region, being the coldest place in the state at minus 9.9 degrees Celsius.
Srinagar: The night temperature continued its free fall below the freezing point in Srinagar Monday, reaching the lowest this season so far, while Leh slipped to a bone-chilling minus 12 degrees Celsius.
In an initiative to encourage Army personnel to use postal ballots error-free, Leh administration has launched voters education camps to avoid large scale rejection of their votes in the forthcoming Assembly elections in the state.
With polls in Jammu and Kashmir round the corner, district election commission officials have come out with a novel idea of educating Army men about how to cast vote with postal ballots in the forthcoming elections.
In a challenging rescue operation involving a medical emergency, an IAF helicopter successfully evacuated a mother and her new born baby from a remote and inhospitable region of Ladakh at a height of over 16,000 feet.