Amid snowfall min temp remains below freezing point in Kashmir
Rains, snow lash several parts of UT
Srinagar: The minimum temperature stayed several degrees below the freezing point across Kashmir, with Gulmarg recording a bone-chilling minus 9 degrees Celsius, officials said on Tuesday.
In Srinagar, the minimum temperature settled at a low of minus 2.3 degrees Celsius. Qazigund, the gateway to the Valley, registered a low of minus 0.6 degrees Celsius, officials said.
Kokernag in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 3.5 degrees Celsius, while the minimum temperature in Kupwara settled at minus 3.4 degrees, the officials said.
The minimum temperature in Gulmarg in Baramulla district was minus 9.5 degrees Celsius. The famous ski-resort was the coldest place in Jammu and Kashmir.
Pahalgam, which serves as a base camp for the annual Amarnath Yatra, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 8.6 degrees Celsius, plunging four degrees as compared to the previous night.
The MeT office said there are chances of light rain or snow at scattered places in the Union Territory over the next five days except on Friday.
It predicted a much higher intensity of precipitation from till Wednesday, with the possibility of moderate snow in the plains of Kashmir and moderate to heavy snow over the middle and higher reaches, and rain in Jammu.
Light rain or snow could occur at isolated places on Saturday and Sunday, it further said.
Kashmir is currently in the grip of ‘Chillai Kalan’, the 40-day harshest weather period when chances of snowfall are maximum and most frequent. Chillai Kalan begins on December 21 and ends on January 30. The cold wave continues even after that with the 20-day ‘Chillai Khurd’ and the 10-day-long ‘Chillai Bachha’ following it.
Meanwhile, under the influence of fresh Western Disturbance (WD) several parts of Jammu and Kashmir including Srinagar received intermittent rainfall on Tuesday, bringing down the temperature across the valley while the weatherman here has predicted more rains and snowfall in the Union Territory for the next 24 hours.
Several Kashmir parts including Sonamarg, Anantnag areas, Shopian, Mughal Road, Kulgam, Gulmarg, Sadhna Top, Bandipora higher reaches, Pulwama, Ramban and other areas received fresh snowfall today.
Director Meteorological department (MeT), Sonum Lotus said the rain and snow would likely intensify with main activity later tonight and tomorrow. “Heavy snowfall is very likely over the middle and higher reaches,” he said.
The MeT Director further said that the fresh wet spell would likely affect surface transportation over major passes including Jammu-Srinagar national highway. He said the snowfall would also lead to avalanches in avalanche-prone areas.
“People are advised to avoid venturing out in avalanche-prone areas during snowfall days. Travel after confirming road status from the concerned traffic department,” he advised. (with inputs from PTI, KNO)