Fresh Snowfall Likely In Valley By Saturday

Plains See Midday Sun And Sub-Zero Nights

SRINAGAR: Kashmir may get a carpet of white ahead of New Year’s Day, as the weather bureau here has forecast light to moderate snowfall across Kashmir in the next forty-eight hours.

Light snowfall is likely in Srinagar on Saturday, a spokesman of the meteorological department said, adding that moderate snow and rains will begin in the higher reaches on Friday night, continuing till Sunday.   

The precipitation will break the grip of the sub-zero conditions at night brought on by dry weather.

Night temperatures, still hovering below the freezing point, are expected to go a couple of notches up, but mercury can drop by three to four degrees during daytime which at present is feebly warm due to a wintry sun.

Srinagar recorded a low of minus 2.3 degrees Celsius on Tuesday night, a full degree below the minimum on Monday.

The tourist resort of Pahalgam in South Kashmir was freezing at minus 6.5, and the ski haven of Gulmarg in the north was at minus 7.

Kargil continued to remain the coldest town in the state with mercury at minus 15.4 degrees Celsius, followed closely by Leh with minus 13.8.

The frontier township of Kupwara recorded a minimum of minus 3.7 degrees, while Qazigund in the southern plains was at minus 3.2 and nearby Kokernag at minus 2.1.

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