New Delhi/Chandigarh, Jan 23 : The mercury improved in the National Capital on Thursday with a clear sky but high velocity winds. Cold day conditions prevailed in neighbouring Haryana and Punjab. The Capital woke to a sunny morning with minimum temperature settling at 9 degrees Celsius, one notch above the season’s average. Due to high wind velocity, 20-25 kmph, visibility in morning improved from almost zero yesterday.
Flights remained unaffected though 19 trains ran late, by up to four hours. The maximum for the day was 18 deg C. However, in Punjab and Haryana, dry and cold day conditions prevailed. Amritsar was at 4.2 deg C. In Haryana, Sirsa and Ambala shivered at 6 deg C. With no fresh spell of snow, normal life geared up in Himachal Pradesh and Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir .
One-way traffic resumed on Srinagar-Jammu highway after remaining suspended for two days due to fresh snowfall and landslides. Traffic to Tanghdar and a few other remote areas, including those near the Line of Control in Kashmir, was restored after remaining closed for two days due to accumulation of snow and slippery road conditions.
However, Srinagar-Leh highway and far-flung areas in Valley are still cut off due to piles of snow. Gulmarg and tourist resort of Pahalgam chilled at minus 11.2 deg and minus 12.2 deg. Drass was at minus 24.7 deg, followed by Leh, where the mercury settled at minus 18 deg C. Srinagar saw a low of minus 0.5 deg C, about 2 notches above par. In Himachal Pradesh, traffic was back on city roads after snow clearance. State capital Shimla was at 1 deg C. (UNI)