Srinagar: There was still no relief from the night chill though day temperature was near normal in the Kashmir valley, where water bodies particularly near banks, and taps in most parts were frozen due to sub zero temperature.
The Met department has issued a warning for isolated heavy snowfall in the Kashmir valley and Jammu division on December 27, However, there is possibility of isolated rain or snow on December 26, he said.
He said weather will be mainly dry over Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and Gilgit and Baltistan in Pakistan-administered-Kashmir (PaK) during the next 24 hours. There will be no significant change in the weather during the subsequent 48 hours, he added.
People continued to face chilly weather condition during the night when the minimum temperature remain sub zero temperature in the valley,Srinagar, the summer capital of Union Territory (UT) Jammu and Kashmir, continued to freeze at minus 5 degree, three notches below normal. Today day was also chilly in Srinagar as sun was playing hide and seek coupled with icy cold winds. The sky would be partly cloudy and the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 9 degree and minus 6 degree, he said adding when sky remains open the minimum temperature drops and day temperature goes up. However, due to cloudy sky the minimum temperature improves but day temperature goes down, he said.
Gulmarg, the world famous ski resort in north Kashmir, about 55 km from here, the minimum temperatures dips slightly and settled at minus 6 degree against yesterdays minus 5.8 degree which was normal. Despite below freezing temperature, tourists, skiers and other adventure lovers are enjoying the snow on the world class slopes since early this morning till late in the night.
Famed health resort of Pahalgam also recorded about one degree drop in the minimum temperature. Against yesterdays minus 5.8 degree, it was minus 6.6 degree which was 1.5 notches below normal. Due to frozen snow on the upper reaches, water level in river Lidder, passing through Pahalgam, and other water bodies has dropped considerably.
Most water bodies in UT Ladakh remained frozen due to below freezing temperature.
Met spokesman said the minimum temperature at Kargil was minus 17 degree while it was minus13.2 at Leh. He said the sky would be partly cloudy and the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around minus 1 degree and minus 12 degree respectively in Leh during the next 24 hours.