A thick blanket of fog enveloped many parts of the city affecting the visibility as it dropped to zero at 8.30 am and increased to 1,000 meters at 5.30 pm. (PTI photo)
Dense fog enveloped the entire north India today hitting rail, road and air traffic while three persons died in an accident in Uttar Pradesh due to poor visibility.
In the national capital, 23 trains were cancelled due to dense fog and 60 trains were delayed. Air traffic also suffered with as many as five flights were disrupted and at least three diverted due to low visibility at the Indira Gandhi International Airport.
A thick blanket of fog enveloped many parts of the city affecting the visibility as it dropped to zero at 8.30 am and increased to 1,000 meters at 5.30 pm.
Overcast conditions also prevailed in Delhi, where the maximum tempreature was recorded at 21.4 Degrees Celsius, two notches above normal while the minimum settled at 12.5 Degrees, five notches above the season's average.
In Rajasthan, Sriganganagar remained the coldest, recording a minimum of 7.7 Degrees Celsius followed by Sikar at 8 Degrees. Fourteen trains were delayed due to fog in northern western region with trains running late up to three hours.
Most parts of Punjab and Haryana continued to register minimum temperatures above normal level with mist and shallow fog occurring at isolated places in the region.
Minimum temperatures hovered between one to five degrees Celsius above normal limits in parts of the two states with Amritsar continuing to remain the coldest place, registering a low of 3.8 Degrees Celsius, which was a notch above normal.
There was fresh snowfall in the higher reaches of the Valley including Gulmarg which recorded 5 cm of snow, Pahalgam 4 cm and Kupwara 1.5 cm.
There are reports of fresh snowfall in the higher reaches of Shopian, including Peer Ki Gali on Mughal Road, Sonamarg, Amarnath Cave Shrine, Razdan Pass, Sadhna Top and Gurez.
The plain areas of the Valley, including Srinagar, witnessed intermittent rains with the city recording 2.7 mm of rainfall during the night.
The mercury continued to stay above zero Degree Celsius in the city for the fifth consecutive day today, registering a minimum temperature of 1.8 Degrees Celsius.
Gulmarg was the coldest place in Jammu and Kashmir with a low of minus 8.3 Degrees Celsius.
Three persons were killed and five injured when a truck in which they were travelling dashed into a roadside tree on Katra-Bilgram highway in Uttar Pradesh due to heavy fog this morning, police said.