Srinagar, Feb 22: A fresh Western Disturbance (WD) is still active in the region which could result in rain and snow during the next 72 hours in Kashmir valley.
Meanwhile, the night temperature remained above normal though day has become chilly in the afternoon due to overcast conditions despite sun appearing for a brief period on Thursday morning.
A Met department spokesperson said that light snow or rain would occur at isolated places during the next 24 hours in the state. However, he said rain and snow would occur at many places during the subsequent three days in the state.
Even though there was an improvement of 2 degree from Wednesday in the night temperature, the border town of Kargil was the coldest place in the region at minus 7.2 degree, followed by Leh, where mercury dipped and settled at minus 6.1 degree.
He said skies will be partly cloudy during the next 24 hours in Leh, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 10 degree and minus 10 degree, respectively.
The world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, which received light snowfall on Wednesday morning, witnessed a dip of 3 degree in the night temperature though it still settled about a degree above normal. Against minus 2.4 degree recorded on Thursday, the night temperature at Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, settled at minus 5.4 degree.
The night temperature in the summer capital, Srinagar, also witnessed a dip of about a degree from Wednesday though it settled about 4 degree above normal. People woke up to a sunny Thursday morning in Srinagar. But, as the day progressed sun played hide and seek in the summer capital, where ice cold winds continued. Against 5.6 degree recorded on Wednesday, the night temperature in Srinagar was 4.5 degree. On Wednesday, the maximum temperature recorded was 4 degree above normal.
He said there is possibility of light rain and snow during the next 24 hours in Srinagar, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 13 degree and 6 degree, respectively.
World famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, also witnessed a dip in the night temperature, which plunged and settled at minus 2.7 degree, against 1.4 degree recorded on Wednesday. The night temperature at Pahalgam was still a degree above normal.
The mercury at Qazigund, gateway to the valley, Kupwara in north Kashmir and tourist resort of Kokernag dipped and settled at 1.6 degree, 2.5 degree and 1.4 degree, respectively.