Pithoragarh, January 6
The Udham Singh Nagar district administration has ordered closing of all schools till January 13 in view of the cold spell has taken the entire district in its grip.

The region is covered in dense fog and the temperature had gone record-breaking low in the past 10 years. “The schools had to be open on January 7 but the conditions in the district are not suitable for running classes,” said a district administration spokesperson.
According to Meteorological Department sources in US Nagar, Saturday happened to be coldest day in the past 10 years as the minimum temperature of the district dipped down to 4C. “While the temperature in Champawat on Saturday was recorded at -2C, Rudrapur town of US Nagar experienced the coldest day in the past 10 years at 4.4C,” said Dr HS Kushwaha, head of the weather department of the Pant Nagar university.
Dr Kushwaha, the cold in the Terai region became more intense on Saturday as the fog density remained two km above surface in the region.
“The cold winds originated from the Jammu and Kashmir region and reached the Kumaon region at a speed of 4 km per hour, making the region colder,” said Dr Kushwaha.

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