Srinagar, Jan 9: Intense cold waves on Wednesday gripped Kashmir valley as another spell of snow has been predicted under the influence of a fresh Western Disturbance (WD), which will hit the region on Thursday.
However, the night temperature improved at some places and settled above normal across Kashmir valley due to overcast conditions.
A Met department spokesperson said that weather will remain dry during the next 24 hours in Kashmir. However, he said a fresh WD, which originated from the Arabian sea and is approaching the region though Afghanistan and Pakistan, will hit the region on Thursday.
“Under the influence of this WD, rain and snow could occur at many places from Thursday till Sunday,” he said, adding the weather will again turn dry from Monday onwards.
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 15.3 degree, followed by neighbouring Leh town, where the mercury dipped about a degree from Tuesday and settled at minus 9.9 degree.
He said sky will be generally cloudy with very light snow during the next 24 hours in Leh, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 1 degree and minus 10 degree, respectively.
After witnessing below normal maximum temperature due to light snow early in the morning on Tuesday, the mercury in the summer capital, Srinagar, dipped about a degree and settled at minus 3 degree, which is a degree below normal.
People woke up to chilly Wednesday morning due to overcast conditions in Srinagar, where shopkeepers and auto-drivers could be seen burning wood on roadside to keep warm.
He said sky will be generally cloudy with very light snow during the next 24 hours in Srinagar, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 3 degree and minus 2 degree, respectively.
World famous ski resort of Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, was the coldest place in the region after the mercury dipped about a degree from Tuesday and settled at minus 10 degree, which is about 2 degree below normal. Gulmarg, where the ski slopes are covered under several feet of snow, was the only place in the valley with below freezing maximum temperature. The day temperature recorded in the ski resort was minus 3 degree.
“Despite chilly weather conditions, the tourists are having a time of their lives in Gulmarg, where snow-related activities, including skiing, has been initiated,” a hotelier said over the phone.
The night temperature in world famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 55 km from here in south Kashmir, slightly dipped from Tuesday and settled at minus 5 degree, which is 2 degree above normal.
The mercury at Qazigund, gateway to the valley, Kupwara in north Kashmir, and tourist resort of Kokernag improved and settled at minus 2.6 degree, 3 degree, and minus 1.4 degree, respectively.