SEVERE cold conditions in north India claimed 120 lives even as nightlong snowfall in the upper reaches of the occupied Kashmir cut off the valley from rest of the country for the second day, DD News reported on Monday. Uttar Pradesh accounted for the bulk of 110 deaths this winter, while Bihar reported eight deaths and Haryana two. Around 40 persons died in different parts of Uttar Pradesh since last night as intense cold conditions continued to grip the state, officials said in Lucknow. While light showers in parts of Rajasthan led to a further dip in temperature in the desert state, the national capital, which had a clear sky, experienced icy winds blowing from the snow-capped northern mountains though the minimum temperature rose slightly. Cold wave swept Himachal Pradesh where the higher reaches experienced heavy snowfall. While rains lashed the lower areas, breaking the long dry spell and bringing cheer to farmers ahead of Rabi sowing, Shimla had a sunny morning after a night temperature of 2.1 deg C. A large number of tourists thronged Kufri, 16 km from here, to enjoy the seasons first snowfall. In Uttarakhand, rains and snowfall intensified the cold conditions affecting normal life. The national capital recorded a minimum temperature of 9.6 deg C against Sundays minimum of 9.5 deg C. Morning mist reduced visibility to 1,000 metres but there was no disruption in flight operations at the IGI airport.