Jammu and Kashmir gets respite from biting cold as fresh snowfall across state takes minimum temperature up

  • Many parts of Kashmir received fresh light snowfall on Saturday, leading to an increase in the minimum temperature which brought some relief to the people from the intense cold conditions, the meteorological department said

  • A MeT official said the weather would remain generally cloudy in Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh Union territories on Saturday with chances of light rain or snow

  • The official said the fresh snowfall brought some relief to the residents in the Valley from the intense cold conditions as the night temperature showed improvement

Srinagar: Many parts of Kashmir received fresh light snowfall on Saturday, leading to an increase in the minimum temperature which brought some relief to the people from the intense cold conditions, the meteorological department said.

A MeT official said the weather would remain generally cloudy in Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh Union territories on Saturday with chances of light rain or snow. "Light snowfall of two to five inches occurred at many places of Kashmir, hilly areas of Jammu and on the higher reaches of Ladakh," he said.

The official said the weather would remain generally cloudy in both the Union territories on Saturday. "A spell of widespread light to moderate snowfall is likely to occur from 6 to 7 January  evening," he said.

 Jammu and Kashmir gets respite from biting cold as fresh snowfall across state takes minimum temperature up

Kashmir snowfall. ANI

The official said the fresh snowfall brought some relief to the residents in the Valley from the intense cold conditions as the night temperature showed improvement. Srinagar city recorded a low of minus 0.1 degree Celsius Friday night – over three degrees up from minus 3.7 degrees Celsius the previous night.

The official said the ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 6.5 degrees Celsius – two degrees up from the previous night.

The night temperature at Pahalgam resort, which also serves as one of the base camps for the annual Amarnath yatra in south Kashmir, settled at a low of minus 2.5 degrees Celsius – over seven degrees up from minus 10.0 degrees Celsius Thursday night, he said.

The official said Qazigund – the gateway town to the valley - in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 0.6 degree Celsius – up over six degrees from the previous night's minus 7.0 degrees Celsius.

Kokernag town, also in the south, recorded a low of minus 2.1 degrees Celsius, while Kupwara, in the north, registered the minimum temperature at 0.8 degree Celsius, the official said. The mercury in Leh in Ladakh settled at a low of minus 18.3 degrees Celsius, he said.

Kashmir is currently under the grip of 'Chillai-Kalan' - the 40-day harshest period of winter when the chances of snowfall are most frequent and maximum and minimum temperatures drop considerably. 'Chillai-Kalan' began on 21 December and it will end on 31 January. The 40-day period is followed by a 20-day long 'Chillai-Khurd' (small cold) and a 10-day long 'Chillai-Bachha' (baby cold).

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Updated Date: Jan 04, 2020 12:57:00 IST