Minimum temperature drops in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Jan 3: The night temperature again dipped and settled several degrees below freezing point due to open skies across Kashmir valley, where the sun came out in the afternoon, bringing much needed relief from chilly weather conditions though ice cold winds continued.
However, night temperature remained above normal in summer capital, Srinagar, where wet weather eludes on Tuesday and Wednesday when elsewhere in the valley light to moderate snowfall was recorded.
A Met department spokesperson said that light rain and snow would occur at higher reaches during the next 24 hours in Kashmir valley under the influence of a fresh Western Disturbance (WD), which is slightly active in the region.
However, he said another fresh WD is expected to hit the region on Thursday night, which would result in more snow. “The second WD, which will hit the region tonight, is stronger than the one which is currently active in the state,” he added.
Meanwhile, people continued to shiver in Ladakh region, where all the water bodies, including ponds and khuls, remained frozen, affecting normal life. The border town of Kargil was the coldest place in the region at minus 17.6 degree, followed by neighbouring Leh town, where the mercury dipped about a degree from Wednesday and settled at minus 13.3 degree.
He said skies will be generally cloudy with light snow during the next 24 hours in Leh, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 4 degree and minus 12 degree, respectively.
After witnessing slight improvement in the night temperature, people woke up to a chilly Thursday morning in the summer capital, Srinagar. However, as the day progressed, sun came out in the afternoon, resulting in improvement in the maximum temperature, which settled above normal. Against zero degree recorded on Wednesday, the night temperature in Srinagar was 0.2 degree, which is about 2 degree above normal.
But, he said light to moderate rain or snow would occur in the evening or night in Srinagar, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 8 degree and minus 3 degree, respectively.
World famous ski resort of Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, was the coldest place in the valley after the mercury dipped 3.5 degree from Wednesday and settled at minus 8.5 degree. The night temperature in Gulmarg, where the ski slopes are under 3 to 4 feet of snow, was over 2 degree below normal.
The night temperature at world famous health resort of Pahalgam witnessed a dip of about 7 degree from Wednesday and settled at minus 7.3 degree, which is about 2 degree below normal.
Dozens of far-flung and remote villages near the Line of Control (LoC) — including border towns of Keran, Tangdhar, Karnah and Gurez – remained cut off for the second successive day on Thursday from their respective district headquarters due to snowfall on Wednesday and slippery road conditions in north Kashmir.
The mercury at Qazigund, gateway to the valley, Kupwara in north Kashmir, and tourist resort of Kokernag dipped and settled at minus 0.4 degree, minus 3.2 degree, and minus 2.3 degree, respectively.