Chandigarh, Jan 18 (Agencies): The icy cold conditions in most part of the regions in Punjab and Haryana continue unabated. The minimum temperature plummeted to upto four degrees Celsius below normal even as a thick blanket of fog engulfed several areas of the two neighbouring states.

The minimum temperature hovered between one to four degrees Celsius below normal in the region, the MeT office said here on Tuesday.

In the plains of Punjab and Haryana, Amritsar continued to be the coldest place with the mercury settling at a bone chilling low of 1.2 degrees Celsius, three notches below normal.
While Karnal braved a low of 2.6 degrees Celsius, four notches below normal, the minimum temperature at Hisar settled at a low of 2.7 degrees Celsius, three notches below normal.
Patiala in Punjab shivered at a low of two degrees Celsius, which was four notches below normal.

Among other places, Ludhiana in Punjab and Rohtak in Haryana had an identical low of 3.5 degrees Celsius, three notches each below normal.

Narnaul shivered at four degrees Celsius, one notch below normal followed by 4.3 degrees Celsius at Chandigarh, two notches below normal and 4.4 degrees Celsius at Bhiwani.
Ambala braved a chill of 3.8 degrees Celsius, three notches below normal.
Besides icy cold wave sweeping the region, several areas, including Ambala, Karnal, Amritsar, Rohtak, Ludhiana and Patiala were blinded by a thick blanket of fog disrupting movement of vehicular traffic.

The MeT forecast ground frost at night and dry weather in the region during the next two days.