As the weatherman in Kashmir predicted another spell of rain and snow next week, the temperature continued to plumment across Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir in Thursday.
The weather department in summer capital Srinagar forecast another spell of rain and snow on January 4 and 5.
“Weather will most likely to remain mainly dry and cold in all the three regions till Sunday,” the weatherman said.
“Except for the above spell, there is no forecast of any major snowfall till next 10 days from today,” Sonam Lotus, director of the MET department said.
“Thereafter a spell of light to moderate snowfall is likely during January 4 and 5 at many places of Kashmir, few places of hilly areas of Jammu, Zojila, Drass and hilly areas of Zanskar and Leh district.
The ongoing 40-day long period of harsh winter called the ‘Chillay Kalan’ has already pushed down the minimum temperatures several notches below the freezing point in Kashmir and Ladakh.
Srinagar was at minus 5.9, Pahalgam minus 9.6 and Gulmarg minus 10.4 degrees Celsius — their minimum temperatures for the day.
Leh town of Ladakh recorded minus 18.3, Kargil minus 18.5 and Drass minus 28.3 as the minimum temperatures.
Jammu city had 2.8, Katra 3.7, Batote 0.3, Bannihal 1.4 and Bhaderwah minus 4.4 as the night’s lowest temperatures.