Day chill intensifies ahead of another spell of snow in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Jan 17: The chilly weather conditions have intensified as the day temperature settled several degrees below normal due to overcast conditions in Kashmir valley, where another spell of snow has been predicted during the next six days from Friday.
However, the night temperature improved at majority of the places in the valley, barring world famous ski resort of Gulmarg and tourist resort of Pahalgam, and settled above normal due to cloudy skies.
Meanwhile, people continued to shiver in Ladakh, where the border town of Drass was the coldest place in the region at minus 22 degree, followed by neighbouring Kargil, where the mercury dipped and settled at minus 20.2 degree.
A Met department spokesperson said that light to heavy snow would occur in most places in Kashmir valley during the next six days from Friday under the influence of a fresh Western Disturbance (WD), which originated from the Arabian sea and is approaching the region though Afghanistan and Pakistan. “The WD will hit the region on Friday and which result in light to heavy snowfall in Kashmir valley and Ladakh region,” he said.
The cycle of wet weather and prediction of more snowfall have brought cheers to the hoteliers and other players of tourism industry as it will help in increasing the footfall of tourists in Kashmir valley, particularly in Gulmarg and Pahalgam.
The night temperature in Kargil marginally dipped and settled at minus 20.2 degree while in the neighbouring town of Leh, the mercury dipped about 2 degree from Wednesday and settled at minus 12 degree.
He said the skies will be partly cloudy to very light snow during the next 24 hours in Leh, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around minus 2 degree and minus 12 degree, respectively.
After witnessing an improvement of about a degree in the night temperature, people woke up to a chilly Thursday morning following cloudy skies coupled with ice cold winds in the summer capital, Srinagar. Against 2.1 degree recorded on Wednesday, the night temperature in Srinagar was minus 1.3 degree, which is about a degree above normal.
The summer capital received light to moderate snow on Wednesday, when rooftops, vehicle and tree tops besides open fields and roads had turned white.
He said the skies will be generally cloudy to very light snow during the next 24 hours in Srinagar, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 4 degree and minus 2 degree, respectively.
Gulmarg, which received fresh snow on Wednesday, was the coldest place in the valley. Against minus 6 degree recorded on Wednesday, the night temperature in the ski resort settled at minus 10 degree, which is about 2 degree below normal. The ski slopes in the resort, which is about 55 km from north Kashmir, are covered under several feet of snow. “The ski resort is packed with tourists, including locals and foreigners, who are enjoying different winter sports activities,” a hotelier said over the phone.
The mercury in world famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, dipped about a degree from Wednesday and settled at minus 5.1 degree, which is about 2 degree above normal.
The night temperature at Qazigund, gateway to the valley, Kupwara in north Kashmir, tourist resort of Kokernag settled at minus 0.2 degree, minus 1.5 degree and 2 degree, respectively. The temperature in all these places was above normal.