Mercury is rising in most places in Kashmir

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The minimum temperature rose in most parts of Kashmir on Saturday, even as the meteorological department forecast light snowfall in the upper parts of the valley, officials said. Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of minus 2.4 degrees Celsius on Friday evening, slightly higher from minus 3 degrees Celsius the night before, officials said.

Gulmarg, the famous ski resort in northern Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 6 degrees Celsius, up three degrees from the previous night. Officials said Pahalgam, which serves as the base camp for the annual Amarnath Yatra, recorded a low of minus 6.1 degrees Celsius, down from minus 6.6 degrees Celsius the night before.

They said Qazigund, the gateway city to the valley, recorded a low of minus 4 degrees Celsius, while the neighboring town of Kokernag in southern Kashmir recorded a low of minus 3 degrees Celsius. The mercury in Kupwara in northern Kashmir has settled to a low of minus 1.8 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 or rain of moderate to heavy intensity is very likely from January 4 to 6 with the main activity from January 5 to 6. Heavy snowfall is also expected in some places during the period, he said. 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 21st. “Chilla-i-Kalan” is a time when a cold snap grips the area and the temperature drops dramatically causing water bodies to freeze, including the famous Dal Lake here, as well as the supply pipes. in water 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).

-With PTI inputs

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