New Delhi: Respite from severe cold wave conditions eluded most parts of north India on Thursday as 16 more people succumbed to the extreme weather, taking the nationwide death toll to 106.

The biting cold claimed 13 lives in Uttar Pradesh, two in Punjab and one in Haryana as fog blanketed several parts of the region disrupting rail and road traffic.

Residents of national capital Delhi woke up to a sunny morning though the minimum temperature dipped to six deg C, against Wednesday’s 6.8 degrees, the MeT Department said.

Uttar Pradesh, too, witnessed bright sunshine on Thursday after a couple of days even as cold wave conditions and dense fog continued uninterrupted claiming 13 more lives, taking the toll in the state to 74.

Reports reaching here said that six people died in Deoria, four in Bareilly, two in Lucknow and one in Ghazipur in the past 24 hours.

Kanpur city recording 2.6 deg C was the coldest place in the state.

In Punjab and Haryana, three more persons died due to severe cold conditions in the region in the past 24 hours, officials said. The combined death toll in the two states now stands at 14.

In Kashmir, the skiing resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir witnessed one of the season's coldest nights as the mercury slipped to a low of minus 11.4 degrees Celsius, a MeT official said.

The minimum temperature at the tourist resort of Pahalgam plunged to minus 7.4 degrees Celsius. Both the resorts witnessed moderate snowfall over the last two days.

In remote Leh district of Ladakh region, the minimum temperature slipped to minus 16.2 degrees Celsius and in its adjoining Kargil district mercury plunged to a low of minus 12.8 degrees, the weather office said. In Srinagar, the minimum temperature was recorded at minus 1.4 degrees Celsius, which was a drop of over two degrees compared to on Thursday.

'Chillai Kalaan', the forty-day harshest part of winter in the Kashmir Valley, began on Wednesday.

West Bengal continued to record below normal temperatures with Kolkata recording a maximum of 22 deg C and a low of 11 degrees, both the readings being a few notches below normal.

Eighteen people had died on Wednesday due to the extreme cold sweeping across northern parts of the country.

A cold wave swept across Bihar with the minimum temperature plummeting sharply today as the state experienced the coldest day of the season, the local MeT office said.

In neighbouring Jharkhand, the chilly weather continued in parts of the state with Kanke on the outskirts of Ranchi reeling under three deg C.

Flight operations normal at IGI Airport

New Delhi: Flight operations at the IGI Airport here largely remained normal on Thursday despite a shallow fog enveloping the area.

Eight flights were cancelled; two diverted while 131 others were delayed due to poor weather conditions at the destinations or some other technical or operational reasons.

"Flight operations were largely normal on Thursday. There were no disruptions even as a shallow fog descended over the airport. Low visibility procedures were implemented," an airport official said.

He said, of the eight flights from Delhi, two were cancelled due to inclement weather at the destination while six others due to operational or technical reasons.

The Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport witnessed 131 flights being delayed either due to late arrival from other destinations or due to poor weather at destination or due to operational reasons.

On Thursday, 166 flights were affected due to poor weather conditions for the same reasons.

The visibility at the runway was good during the night, but it reduced in the morning. While the visibility at the new runway was less than 1,500 m since 7.30 PM last evening, it dipped to less than 300 m around 5.30 AM at the main and second runways, forcing the airport authorities to implement low visibility procedures (LVPs).

The LVP remained inforce between 5.30 AM and 1.30 PM during which 220 flights operated under CAT I conditions, 62 under CAT II and six under CAT III A.

The MeT department has predicted that the visibility may reduce due to fog to 400 m between 9.30 PM and below 200 m in dense fog at around 4.30 AM on Friday morning.