• Thu. Aug 18th, 2022

Light to moderate snowfall in parts of Kashmir

Srinagar: Light to moderate snowfall in most parts of Kashmir has pushed the mercury closer to freezing, officials here said on Sunday.

Light to moderate snowfall has been reported in most parts of the valley since Saturday evening, while a trace of rain was reported in Srinagar city, they said.

The minimum temperature has improved in most places in Kashmir.

Srinagar recorded the minimum temperature of 0.3 degrees Celsius, down from minus 2.4 degrees Celsius on Friday evening, officials said.

Gulmarg, the famous ski resort in northern Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 6.2 degrees Celsius – almost the same as the 6.0 degrees Celsius on Friday night.

Officials said Pahalgam, which serves as the base camp for the annual Amarnath Yatra, recorded a low of minus 1.7 degrees Celsius from minus 6.1 degrees Celsius on Friday evening.

Qazigund, the gateway town to the valley, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 1.0 degrees Celsius, while the neighboring town of Kokernag in southern Kashmir recorded a minimum temperature of minus 1.9 degrees Celsius. .

The mercury in Kupwara in northern Kashmir has settled at a low of 1.6 degrees Celsius.

The MeT office has forecast light snowfall over the upper parts of Kashmir from Saturday evening, which could continue until Sunday morning.

In addition, a generalized period of snow / rain of moderate to heavy intensity is very likely from January 4 to 6 with the main activity from January 5 to 6.

Weather conditions can affect land and air transportation, the MeT office said.

The Kashmir Valley is currently in the grip of the harshest 40-day winter period known as ‘Chilla-i-Kalan’, which began on December 21.

‘Chilla-i-Kalan’ is a period when a cold snap grips the region and the temperature drops considerably causing the freezing of water bodies including the famous Dal Lake here as well as the water supply pipes in several parts of the valley.

The chances of snowfall are most frequent and greatest during this period and most areas, especially in the higher stretches, receive heavy to very heavy snowfall.

The ‘Chilla-i-Kalan’ will end on January 31, but the cold snap continues even after that in Kashmir with a 20 day ‘Chillai-Khurd’ (little cold) and a 10 day ‘Chillai- Bachha’ ( cold baby).