Normal life was thrown out of gear as intense cold conditions prevailed in most parts of Punjab and Haryana with mercury dipping by up to three notches below normal in the two states.
Due to the dense fog and mist that resulted in low visibility, rail, road and air traffic remained disrupted as many trains and flights were either rescheduled or cancelled.
People are not likely to get respite from icy winds for the time being as the Met department has said that the cold wave will continue for the next two to three days and maximum temperature will remain well below 16 degrees Celsius in plain areas of Punjab and Haryana.
"The current weather conditions will continue to prevail for the next two to three days in Punjab and Haryana," Chandigarh Met department director Surinder Pal said here on Wednesday.
Fog and mist will also occur during the next 24 hours, the Met department said.
Chandigarh recorded the coldest January 2 in five years. The maximum temperature recorded was 10.1 degree Celsius, 11 degrees below normal, while the minimum temperature was 4.2 degree Celsius, one degree below normal.