The meteorological department has predicted light to moderate snowfall on Tuesday even as high-altitude areas of the state continue to reel under biting cold.
Shimla meteorological centre director Manmohan Singh said temperature is low due to the snow-capped mountains. “More snowfall and rain is expected from January 13. However isolated places in higher reaches may witness light snowfall on January 12,” he said.
State capital, Shimla recorded minimum at 6 degree celsius with the sky remaining clear throughout the day and partially cloudy in the evening. Minimum temperature in Sundernagar near Mandi was recorded at 0.2 degrees Celsius.
Bhuntar near Kullu recorded a minimum of 0.4 degrees Celsius while Dharmsala and Una registered minimum temperatures of at 4.4 and 0.5 degrees Celsius respectively.
Minimum temperatures at Nahan and Solan were 3.6 degrees Celsius and 1 degree Celsius respectively while Chamba registered a minimum of 0.9 degrees Celsius. Tourist attractions of Manali and Kangra recorded minimum temperatures of 1.8 degree Celsius and 3.8 degree Celsius.
With night temperatures at -9.8 degree Celsius, Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti district was the coldest recorded place in the state while Kalpa in tribal Kinnaur district recorded a minimum at -1.8 degree Celsius. Higher regions of the state witnessed fresh snowfall last week. Tourist towns Narkanda and Kufri received around 8 cm snow.
Punjab, Haryana shiver
Extreme cold wave conditions continued to grip Punjab and Haryana with day temperatures falling several notches below the normal even as a thick blanket of fog threw normal life out of gear. A thick blanket of fog engulfed most places.
At most places in both states, days are turning out be extremely cold with maximum temperatures settling in range of 10-15° C.
Meanwhile, Ambala shivered at 6.1° C while the minimum temperature in Hisar was recorded at 6.2° C. The minimum temperatures in Karnal, Narnual and Bhiwani were recorded at 6.5, 3.5 and 6.4° C, all hovered close to the normal level.
Foggy weather has adversely affected road, rail and air traffic in the region.