Srinagar, Dec 21: The maximum temperature remained below normal while mercury during the night surged further in the Kashmir valley, where upper reaches experienced fresh snowfall while plains had light rain.
However, the first day of the 40-day-long Chilai-Kalan, most severest period of winter, which started from mid-night Wednesday, will remain dry though there is a forecast for light rain or snow at scattered places in the Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours.
A Met department spokesman said that the weather will remain mainly dry during the subsequent two days in the state.
The weather will remain dry in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh for two days from Friday, he said adding light rain or snow could occur at scattered places till tomorrow noon.
People continued to shiver due to below freezing minimum temperature at Leh and Kargil in Ladakh region, where water bodies remained frozen. However, Drass in Kargil district on Srinagar-Leh national highway, closed for winter months, was coldest in the region. The minimum temperature witnessed further improvement in Leh and settled at minus 9.2 degree against minus 10.5 degree recorded yesterday. At Kargil the night temperature was minus 6.2 degree, Met spokesman added.
He said the sky would be partly cloudy sky and the maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 3 degree and minus 10 degree respectively at Leh during the next 24 hours.
People woke up to a rainy morning in summer capital, Srinagar, where the minimum temperature recorded further improvement and settled at 3.1 degree against yesterdays 2.2 degree. However, the day temperature remained below normal due to cloudy sky and icy cold winds. During the next 24 hours the sky would be mainly clear and the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 10 degree and 1 degree respectively. Due to clear sky the minimum temperature would witness drop while maximum temperature will go up in the city.
The upper reaches continued to receive fresh snowfall. However, world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, where slopes are under several feet of white powder, had light rain this morning. Gulmarg was the only place in the Kashmir valley, where the minimum temperature was sub zero though it has witnessed three notches surge. Against yesterdays minus 5.2 degree minimum temperature it was minus 2.8 degree.