The cold weather improved in the valley even as higher reaches received fresh snowfall on Monday bringing some relief to the residents who are battling severe power cuts.
Weather officials in summer capital Srinagar said along with the higher reaches in Kashmir, parts of Jammu too received snowfall—the valley is currently going through a 40-day harsh winter period, locally known as ‘Chilay Kalan’—a cultural and meteorological theme followed in many Central Asian nations.
The chances of snowfall are most frequent and maximum during this period and most areas, especially in the higher reaches, receive heavy snowfall.
In north Kashmir, the famous ski-resort, Gulmarg, recorded two inches of snow, while Pahalgam, in the south, and Sonmarg, in central Kashmir, each received around an inch of snow.
With four to five inches of snow on the vital Kashmir highway the officials said the area around the Jawahar Tunnel received two to four inches of snow, leading to temporary disruption of traffic movement on the road, which remains the only surface link between Kashmir and the rest of the world.
In a respite for Srinagar residents, the minimum temperature increased nearly six degrees from minus 5.2 degrees Celsius the previous night to settle above the freezing point at 0.6 degrees Celsius Sunday night.
Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 6.5 degrees Celsius – up from minus 7.2 degrees Celsius the previous night and was the coldest place in the valley.
The local weatherman has said that the weather would likely remain dry till January 3.