Srinagar, Dec 19: A fresh Western Disturbance (WD) is likely to hit the region during the next 24 hours which could result in wet weather in the Kashmir valley, where 40-day-long “ Chilai-Kalan”, severest period of the winter will commence from mid-night December 21st.
All the water bodies remained frozen in Ladakh region, where border town of Kargil on Srinagar-Leh national highway, closed due to heavy snowfall, recorded coldest night of the season after the minimum temperature witnessed further drop and settled at minus 15.4 degree, a notch less than yesterday.
Due to open sky and icy cold winds, Pahalgam, a health resort in south Kashmir, recorded four degree drop in the minimum temperature and settled at minus 7, lowest in the valley.
There could be very light rain or snow at isolated places in the Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours as a fresh WD is likely to hit the region, a Met department spokesman said. The sky would be generally cloudy with very light rain or snow at isolated places during the subsequent
The 40-day-long Chilai Kalan, being considered severest period of winter would start from Mid-Night December 21, when farmers believe that Earth is going dead. This is followed by 20-day Chilai-Kalan and last 10 day-long Chilai-Bacha at the end of which farming season starts in the valley.
Majority water bodies remained frozen in Ladakh region, where people are being supplied drinking water through tankers while those in living in far flung and remote areas are using spring water, which remains warm during winter and cold in spring.
Kargil, a border town witnessed coldest night of the season after the minimum temperature settled at minus 15.4 degree followed by minus 13.2 degree at Leh.
Spokesman said there is possibility of very light snow and the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 2 degree and minus 10 degree respectively during the next 24 hours during the next 24 hours at Leh.
Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir witnessed a drop of four notches and settled at minus 7 degree, coldest in the valley. The water level in river Lidder, passing through Pahalgam, continued to flow at low level due to freezing of snow on the mountains.
Interestingly world famous ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir, where a number of ski courses have already been started after heavy snowfall last week, was second coldest place in the valley though the minimum temperature recorded some improvement. Against yesterdays minus 6 degree, it was minus 4.6 degree, still about three notches below normal. After the recent snowfall, first heavy this winter so far, the footfall of tourists across the country besides abroad has witnessed increase after almost dull summer season due to strikes, stone pelting and negative coverage by media.
The summer capital, Srinagar, where sun was out though icy cold winds also continued, witnessed about three degree drop in the minimum temperature. Against yesterdays minus 1 night temperature, it was minus 3.6 degree in the city, where construction work in private and public sector also continued. Met spokesman said that there is possibility of very light rain or snow and the maximum and minimum temperature will be around 7 degree and 0 degree respectively during the next 24 hours in the city.
Qazigund, gateway of Kashmir on the Srinagar-Jammu national highway, also recorded drop in the minimum temperature and settled at minus 3.2 degree while at Kupwara in north Kashmir it was minus 3.5 degree.