Cold , fog tightens grip in north India

Shimla : Himachal Pradesh and entire northern India continued to reel under a severe cold spell today , even as it was sunny in the hills but foggy in the plains .

The state capital Shimla had a cold breezy day . Manail had a chilly night the minimum temperature dipping here to minus 1.6 C .

The tribal towns of Keylong and Kalpa recorded a minimum temperatures of minus 5. 1 C and minus Kalpa 2.5 C .

The weather man has forecast snow and rain at a few places in the next couple of days in the state due to western disturbance .

The neighbouring state of Jammu & Kashmir continued to reel under a severe cold wave . Srinagar recorded minus 3.4 C while in Leh it was a bone chilling minus 13 .

Air and rail traffic was disrupted in Delhi and other cities in the plains due to heavy fog .

The cold wave has killed 26 people , most of the deaths have taken place in Uttar Pradesh .

In a 20 year career published widely. He has worked for the BBC, AFP, The Statesman, IANS and the Business Standard . Known for his hard hitting writing and occasional off-beat stories. He lives in Shimla.

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