Kashmir Valley receives fresh snowfall, a day after 'Chillai-Kalan'

  • PTI, Srinagar
  • Updated: Feb 01, 2015 16:08 IST

Kashmir Valley, including summer capital Srinagar and other plain areas, received fresh snowfall on Sunday, a day after 'Chillai-Kalan', the 40-day period of harshest winter ended, even as the minimum temperatures rose by several degrees to provide relief from the intense cold conditions.

"Snowfall was recorded in higher reaches including the tourist resorts of Pahalgam and Gulmarg and Kupwara area of
the Valley during the night," a MET Department spokesman said here.

The snowfall started in the morning, he said, adding, owing to cloudy sky during the night minimum temperature in
the city appreciated by nearly three degrees from Saturday's minus 2.9 degrees Celsius to settle at minus 0.2 degree

He said Kupwara received the highest snowfall of about five inches during the night and the mercury there settled at
a low of minus 0.1 degree Celsius, up by over three degrees from minus 3.7 degrees Celsius on Sunday.

Pahalgam hill resort which also serves as the base camp during the annual Amarnath yatra, recorded a jump of over
three degrees in the mercury from the previous night's low of minus 6.8 degrees Celsius to minus 3.4 degrees Celsius, the spokesman said.

Gulmarg hill resort in north Kashmir registered an increase of two degrees from minus 8.0 degrees Celsius to
settle at minus 6.0 degrees Celsius.

Kokernag hill resort in south Kashmir recorded a minimum of minus 1.2 degrees Celsius – two degrees up from
Saturday's minus 3.2 degrees Celsius while Qazigund recorded a low of minus 1.0 degrees Celsius, compared to last night's minus 4.2 degrees Celsius.

Kargil in Ladakh region was the coldest recorded place in the state as night temperature settled at a low of minus 14.0
degrees Celsius, as against minus 16.6 degrees Celsius the previous night. Leh registered a low of minus 11.6 degrees
Celsius as compared to yesterday's minus 15.2 degrees Celsius.

The MET Department has said moderate rains or snow would occur in plains of Kashmir while there was possibility of
moderate to heavy snowfall in the higher reaches of the Valley over the next 24 hours.

'Chillai-Kalan', which began on December 21, ended on Saturday but the winter continues even after the culmination
of the harshest period. 'Chillai-Kalan' is followed by a 20-day long 'Chillai Khurd' (small cold) and a 10-day long
'Chillai Bachha' (baby cold).

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