The entire North Indian belt continued to be in the grip of an intense cold wave on Saturday, with Mandhol village in the Shimla district of Himachal Pradesh recording heavy snowfall overnight and the Delhi-NCR waking up to dense fog and low visibility.
- According to India Meteorological Department (IMD), the maximum and minimum temperatures in Himachal Pradesh on Saturday were recorded at 6 degrees Celsius and -4 degrees Celsius.
- In the higher reaches of the state, Narkanda, Manali and the Malana villages in the Kullu district also received snowfall.
- Meanwhile, the national capital on Saturday recorded maximum and temperatures of 18 degrees Celsius and 4 degrees Celsius.
- According to the IMD, Palam recorded low visibility in the wee hours of Saturday but it improved after the sun came out.
- Earlier on Friday, the IMD had forecast snowfall in the higher reaches of Himachal Pradesh, over the next couple of days. The agency also forecast moderate snowfall in Kinnaur, Chamba, Lahaul -Spiti, Shimla and Kullu districts of the state.
- It also sounded a cold wave alert in the lower Himachal districts of Hamirpur, Bilaspur, Una and Mandi.
- According to an earlier tweet by a weather expert, an icy chill would prevail in North India between January 14 and 19, with the peak likely to be between January 16 and 18.