Residents of North Kashmir, including Gulmarg, experienced slight respite from the cold wave with fresh snowfall as the temperature rose to stay above the freezing point at most of the places in the Valley on Monday.
Gulmarg, the famous ski-resort in north Kashmir and the star attraction for tourists especially skiers from abroad, recorded four inch of fresh snow during the night, a MET Department spokesperson said.
It recorded the minimum temperature of minus 2.0 degrees Celsius, compared to minus 2.2 degrees Celsius yesterday, he added.
Gulmarg was also the only place in Kashmir where the night temperature went below the freezing point. Other parts of Kashmir received rainfall providing relief from intense cold conditions.
Pahalgam hill resort in south, which serves as the base camp for the annual Amarnath yatra, went up by over four degrees from minus 4.2 degrees Celsius yesterday to settle at 0.4 degree Celsius today, the spokesman said. The hill resort recorded 9.2 mm of rainfall till 8.30 in the morning, he said.
He said minimum temperature recorded in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, a low of 4.8 degrees Celsius, up by over four degrees From 0.6 degree Celsius the previous night. The city received 11.1 mm of rains.
He said Qazigund on Srinagar-Jammu national highway recorded a low of 3.2 degrees Celsius an increase of over three degrees from zero degrees Celsius the previous night. It recorded 7.4 mm of rainfall during the night.
Kupwara, in north Kashmir, recorded a low of 0.4 degree Celsius as against minus 1.7 degrees Celsius the previous night, the spokesman said. The town recorded 4.7 mm of rains during the night.
He said the mercury in Kokernag resort, in south Kashmir, registered the minimum temperature of 3.6 degree Celsius compared to the previous night's 2.4 degrees Celsius. The town received 7.6 mm of rainfall.
The nearby town of Leh recorded a low of minus 1.1 degrees Celsius an increase of nearly nine degrees from minus 9.9 degrees Celsius the previous night, the spokesman said.
The MET Department said widespread rainfall or snowfall would continue over the next 24 hours and there were chances of heavy rains or snow at few places in the state.