Minimum temperature dropped again following fresh snowfall on upper reaches in the Kashmir valley. Gulmarg was coldest with the night temperature recorded as minus 8, three degrees below Leh and Kargil in Ladakh, which has remained cut off since December 1 last year due to the closure of Zojila pass.
Even though the sun was out today, the icy cold winds that continued in the valley led to a drop of three notches in the night temperature against yesterday.
The upper heights in the Kashmir valley experienced fresh snowfall yesterday while many other areas including plains witnessed rains resulting in a drop in the temperature.
A Met department spokesman said there could be rain or snow at isolated places in Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours.
He said Gulmarg recorded minus 8 degree minimum temperature this morning, three notches below yesterday because of fresh snow in upper reaches. Against yesterdays minus five degree it was minus 8 degree this morning.
Health resort of Pahalgam base camp of Holy Amarnath cave in south Kashmir also recorded a 9 degree drop in the night temperature. Met spokesman said the minimum this morning was minus 6 degree against yesterday's 0.8 degree.
Qazigund gateway of Kashmir Kokernag and Kupwara also saw one to three degree drop in the minimum temperature this morning. Srinagar too witnessed more than three degree drop in minimum temperature following rains in the outskirts including Harwan and Tailbal.
Against yesterdays 4.4 degree the minimum recorded this morning was 1.0 degree. People in Leh experienced yet another cold night as the minimum dropped by one notch this morning. Against yesterdays minus 4.6 degree it was minus 5.4 degree this morning.
In border town of Kargil on the Srinagar-Leh national highway the minimum dropped by a notch and settled at minus 5 degree against yesterday's minus 4.