As fresh snowfall again blanketed the plains and the upper reaches of the Valley on Wednesday, history was created in the capital summer of the state, which received the most frequent snowfall in 10 years. This was the third snowfall in three weeks.
Since December 21, Kashmir Valley and Srinagar have witnessed three spells of snowfall, bringing cheer to local residents and tourists, who are waiting to get skiing classes at Gulmarg.
According to the figures of the meteorological department, the Valley's plains are witnessing frequent snowfalls this season. In the last one decade, there has been an average gap of 15 days between two spells, and Srinagar has witnessed only three to four spells of snowfall in the entire season that period.
Srinagar recorded a maximum temperature of four degree Celsius, two notches down than previous day, while the night temperature hovered below freezing point at minus 1.7 degree Celsius.
This fresh spell of snowfall is expected to last for a longer period. "The impact of fresh western disturbances is likely to stay till December 10. There will be light to heavy snowfall over the next three days," said Srinagar meteorological department director Sonam Lotus.
The department expects major snowfall on January 9. Heavy snowfall is highly likely in Zojila, Drass and Kargil's hilly areas.
The department has predicted a dip in the day temperature in the next 24 hours. While the maximum temperature is expected to stay at around 2° Celsius, the minimum temperature, which has been showing improvement after the fresh snowfall, will be at around minus 1° Celsius.
Kashmir region's Leh is expected to record a minimum temperature of minus 10° Celsius.
According to an official advisory, surface and air transport may be affected in the coming days due to a fresh spell of snowfall.
District officials have been alerted and asked to prepare their personnel and machinery for contingency situations.
The government claims that it has stocked all essentials to meet local demand in the wake of the closure of the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, the only all-weather surface link joining Kashmir with the rest of the country.