Shimla,Jan 29(Agencies):Intense cold wave held it's grip in Himachal Pradesh with overcast skies and icy winds lashing the region and sub-zero temperature in some parts even as minimum temperatures rose marginally.
Minimum temperatures rose to 3.5 degrees C in the state capital Shimla and Mandi, while Solan reeled under piercing cold wave conditions with a low of 1.0 degrees C followed by Sundernagar at 1.9 degrees C, Bhuntar at 2.6 degrees C and Dharamsala at 2.7 degrees C.

Keylong in tribal Lahaul and Spiti District was slightly warmer with minimum temperatures rising to minus 11.4 degreesc against minus 16.9 degrees C on Friday.
Kalpa in tribal Kinnaur district recorded a low of minus 3.5 degrees C.
The town of Una was cold at 3.2 degrees C with Mandi settling at 3.5 degrees C, Palampur at 4.0 degrees C and Nahan at 5.4 degrees C, two degrees below normal.

Meanwhile, maximum temperatures remained steady and close to normal but Shimla and Keylong recorded a high of 13.7 degrees C and 0.7 degrees C, six degrees above normal.

Una recorded a high of 20.0 degrees C while Solan and Nahan recorded maximum temperatures of 19.1 degrees C and 18.1 degrees Crespectively.

Foggy conditions prevailed in towns of Kullu,Mandi,Bilaspur,Sundernagarand Rampurhampering vehicular traffic in morning hours.

The local MET office has predicted isolated rains or snowfall at some places across the state during the next 48 hours.