Cold climatic conditions prevail in north-west region

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Chandigarh, Jan 17 (UNI) Cold climatic conditions prevailed in north-west India as snow and rain continued to lash Himachal Pradesh since last night.

However, the night temperatures rose in the region following an overcast sky. The sun played hide and seek at most places in Punjab and Haryana, affording little warmth to the people during the day.

Moderate to heavy snowfall lashed higher reaches in Himachal Pradesh while lower areas of the state received rain.

The entire tribal belt, reeling under the biting cold wave, had another spell of snowfall making the people groan under intense cold conditions.

All mountain passes, including the 13050-foot high Rohtang Pass and Dhauladhar mountain ranges, experienced heavy snowfall, intensifying cold wave conditions in Kullu and Kangra valleys.

Solang Nala, Dhundi, Petsio and tourist resort of Manali also had snowfall. Kalpa, where the night temperature hovered at minus 0.5 degrees celsius, recorded 17 cm fresh snowfall till this morning.

Mid and lower areas of the state, including Bhuntar, Dharamsala, Mandi, Sundernagar and Una had widespread rain.

Shimla and its adjoining areas also experienced rain, bringing a fall in the temperature. The minimum temperature dipped to 5.6 degrees which was four degrees above normal at Shimla.

Dark clouds hung over many areas in Punjab and Haryana leading to rise in the night temperatures in the twin states. The minimum hovered above normal by one degree to five degrees in Punjab and four degrees to eight degrees celsius in Haryana.

In Punjab, Amritsar recorded the minimum at 5.2 degrees celsius against 3.2 degrees registered yesterday while Ludhiana and Patiala showed 10.5 degrees and 10.2 degrees celsius respectively.

The mercury also showed upward movement in Haryana. The minimum increased from 7.2 degrees to 10.1 degrees at Ambala, from 7.8 degrees to 10.6 degrees at Karnal, from 8.0 degrees to 10.0 degrees at Narnaul and from 10.8 degrees to 12.2 degrees celsius at Hissar.

Chandigarh and its adjoining areas had a brief spell of rain after an overcast sky. However, the minimum temperature rose in the city from 9.3 degrees to 11.0 degrees.

The weather Office has predcited moderate to rather heavy rain or snow at most places in Himachal Pradesh and moderate to rather heavy rain or thundershowers at many places in Punjab and Haryana in the next 48 hours.

Hailstorm or thundersquall with speed exceeding 45 km per hour is likely to occur at isolated places in the region during the period.

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