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Intense cold back in north India; fog hits flights, trains

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PTI, 16 January 2010, 06:04pm IST

The toll in cold wave this winter stood at 385. Poor visibility due to fog led to a train accident this morning in Tundla in Uttar Pradesh in which three persons were killed and 14 others wounded. This was the fourth fog-related train mishap in the state this fortnight.

After a temporary respite from biting cold for a couple of days, icy cold winds blew in Amritsar, which recorded a low of 0.8 degree Celsius, three notches below normal.

Mercury also dropped at Ludhiana, where the low settled at 2.2 deg C, down four degrees. Patiala, too, faced a cold night at 3.7 deg C, three notches below normal.

Severe cold gripped Chandigarh, which recorded a low of 4.3 deg C, down by two degrees.

In Haryana, biting cold swept Narnaul which recorded a minimum temperature at 2.3 deg C, followed by Karnal at 2.8 deg C, four degrees below normal. Ambala and Rohtak also experienced a cold night with minimum temperature of 4.1 deg C and 4.8 deg C respectively.

Foggy weather conditions affected flight operations in Chandigarh. Jet Airways has suspended all its flights operating from Chandigarh till January 18. Fog also affected train schedules.

Jammu reeled under intense cold with night temperature in the region slipping by a few notches, even as mercury level rose in Kashmir valley.

Banihal recorded a low of minus 1.3 deg C making it the coldest place in Jammu region today. While Bhaderwah recorded a night temperature of minimum 1.7 deg C, Jammu had a low of 4.2 deg C.

Temperature improved in Srinagar with the city recording minus 3.2 deg C, one degree above normal, against minus 3.6 deg C yesterday.

Pahalgam hill resort in south Kashmir recorded minus 4.8 deg C followed by Qazigund (minus 3.6 deg C), Kupwara (minus 2.8 deg C) and Kokernag (minus 1.2 deg C).

In the frontier region of Ladakh, there was no let up in the cold wave as Leh reeled under minus 19 deg C and Kargil minus 14 deg C.

Cold conditions affected normal life in Rajasthan with Mount Abu being the coldest place in the state with a minimum temperature of 0.4 degrees Celsius.

Churu recorded a low of 2.6 deg C, while Bikaner and Ganganagar recorded a minimum of 3.9 deg C and 4.2 deg C respectively. Jaipur had a low of 4.2 deg C.

The weather improved further in the lower areas of Himachal Pradesh though its higher reaches continued to remain under the grip of intense cold wave.

Shimla recorded a night temperature of 8 deg C, a sharp rise from 4.5 deg C yesterday. Keylong, the district headquarters of Lahaul and Spiti, was the coldest place at minus 11.9 deg C, while it was minus 4.1 deg C in Kalpa in Kinnaur district.

In the national capital, the minimum temperature dipped to 6.6 deg C against yesterday's 7.7 deg C while the maximum temperature read 17.5 deg C.