Most parts of Kashmir received fresh snowfall while rain and sleet lashed Srinagar city as the minimum temperature improved across the valley due to the precipitation overnight, officials said on Thursday.
Gulmarg and Pahalgam, tourist resorts in the north and south of the valley respectively, recorded more than six inches of a fresh snowfall, while Ganderbal district received around five inches of fresh snow, the officials said. Baramulla, Kupwara, and other parts of the valley also received significant snowfall since Wednesday, they said.
Fakeer Gujri area along with the Zabarwan range in Srinagar district also recorded fresh snowfall rain and sleet lashed the rest of the district last night. The weather is expected to remain wet over the next 48 hours, officials said. The precipitation has resulted in an increase in the minimum temperature across Kashmir. Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a low of 0.6 degrees Celsius – 2.5 degrees up from 1.9 degrees Celsius the previous night, they said.
The famous ski-resort of Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 6.0 degrees Celsius – up from minus 8.0 degrees Celsius the previous night.
Pahalgam tourist resort in south Kashmir, which also serves as the base camp for the annual Amarnath yatra, recorded a low of minus 1.7 degrees Celsius – up from minus 6.1 degrees Celsius the previous night, they said.
Officials said Qazigund recorded the minimum of 0.2 degrees Celsius – up from the previous night’s minus 1.2 degrees Celsius.
The nearby south Kashmir town of Kokernag recorded a low of minus 1.0 degrees Celsius.
The mercury in Kupwara in north Kashmir settled at a low of 1.0 degrees Celsius.
Kashmir is currently under the influence of a 20-day-long ‘Chillai-Khurd’ (small cold) which began on Monday after the Chilla-i-Kalan — the 40-day harshest winter period — ended.