Kashmir valley receives fresh snowfall

Kashmir valley receives fresh snowfall
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Srinagar, Jan 25: The summer capital, Srinagar, turned white due to fresh snowfall on Friday morning as people woke up after witnessing a notch above normal night temperature.
However, the snowfall followed by dry weather and sun was playing hide and seek as the sky still cloudy.
A Met department spokesman said very light rain or snow could occur in Srinagar on Friday when the maximum temperature could be around 5 degree, about two notches below normal.
However, he said, the minimum temperature during the night was minus 1.3 degree, a degree above normal.
The 40-day-Chilia-Kalan, the severest period of the winter, which will end on January 29, witnessed moderate to heavy snowfall besides drop in the mercury, breaking over three decade record.
As the people woke up on Friday morning, roof and tree tops besides electric wires besides open fields and roads had turned white due to fresh snowfall. The traffic police has already asked people to drive their vehicles, particularly two wheelers, slowly and with precautions to avoid any accident.
Very less number of vehicles, particularly passenger transport, were plying on the city road which had become slippery. Most shops and business establishments remained closed during morning due to chilly conditions and snow. However, the “Harissa” shops traditional breakfast delicacy that is cooked overnight in the cold months are witnessed brisk business. It is said that Harissa, made of meat, was introduced to Kashmir by the Mughals in the 16th century and the recipe has not changed much since then.
Local bread makers also witness heavy rush in the morning hours despite chilly conditions outside.
However, as the day progressed snow started melting after sun started playing hide and seek.
Braving chill, students, including girls, could be seen attending their coaching and tuition centres in the city.