After days of sunny weather, the Kashmir Valley is in for another spell of snow. According to meteorological office, the state might witness snowfall and rain from Monday as western disturbance is likely to hit the region on February 16.
Weathermen predict widespread rain or snow from February 16 to 8 all over the Valley.The next 24 hours, however, are likely to be warm and sunny.
Residents of South Kashmir, including Ladakh region, experienced slight respite from the cold wave as the minimum temperature in Kokernag town here settled above the freezing point for the first time in over 20 days on Friday, the Met department said.
The department here also predicted heavy rains or snow next week.
"The mercury in Kokernag resort, in south Kashmir, settled at a low of 0.2 degree Celsius - slightly up from minus 0.2 degree Celsius the previous night," a met department spokesman said here.
The mercury in the town settled above the freezing point for the first time in 23 days, he said.
He said Qazigund on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway recorded a low of 1.4 degrees Celsius - over two degrees up from minus 1.2 degrees Celsius on Thursday and the night temperature in the town went above the freezing point for the first time in 10 days.
He said the minimum temperature recorded in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, was minus 0.8 degree Celsius, slightly up from Thursday night's minus 1.2 degrees Celsius.
Pahalgam hill resort in south, which serves as the base camp for the annual Amarnath yatra, was the coldest recorded place in Kashmir with a minimum of minus 5.4 degrees Celsius, up by 1.5 degrees from Thursday night's minus 6.9 degrees Celsius, the spokesman said.
The mercury in north Kashmir's famous ski-resort of Gulmarg settled at minus 3.8 degrees Celsius compared to minus 5.4 degrees Celsius on Thursday night, he said.
Kupwara, in north Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 2.2 degrees Celsius, compared to Thursday night's minus 2.8 degrees Celsius, the spokesman said.
Kargil, in frontier region of Ladakh, continued to be the coldest recorded place in Jammu and
Kashmir as the minimum temperature there settled at minus 16.6 degrees Celsius-slightly up from minus 17.0 degrees Celsius on Thursday night, the spokesman said.
He said the nearby town of Leh recorded a low of minus 12.7 degrees Celsius, as against minus 12.4 degrees Celsius on Thursday night.