Approaching WD Likely To Hit Valley on Nov 14

SRINAGAR: Weather office today said a fresh Western Disturbance was approaching Kashmir and may hit the region on November 14. 

Capital Srinagar and ski resort of Gulmarg meanwhile recorded coldest night of the season as cold conditions further tightened grip on the valley, 

A Met department spokesperson said the night temperature will drop further during the next 24 hrs when the weather will remain mainly dry in the valley.

However, after witnessing coldest night, sun appeared this morning though icy winds continued.

A fresh WD, originating in Arabian sea and entering the region through Afghanistan and Pakistan, is likely to hit the Kashmir valley on November 14, which could result in rain and snowfall.

Met spokesperson said that Srinagar witnessed coldest night of the winter so far when the minimum dropped to 0.0 degree, two degree below normal. The earlier coldest was on November 4 when it was 1.2 degree.

Though sun appeared, icy cold winds continued. People remained indoor, enjoying Sunday, using ‘kangri’ and other gadgets for heating.

However, a large number of people could be seen purchasing warm and woolen cloths in famous ‘ Sunday market’ in the civil lines.

Gulmarg also recorded coldest night of the season when the minimum dropped to minus 5.5 degree because of open sky after witnessing snowfall recently. Snow on slopes was frozen, ready to welcome skiers and other adventure lovers.

Met spokesperson said earlier coldest was recorded on minus 4.2 degree celsius on November 2. He said the minimum will drop further during the next 24 hours.

Pahalgam however, witnessed some increase in the minimum temperature. Against yesterday’s minus 3.6 degree, coldest of the season, it was minus 1.6 degree.

Qazigund and Kokernag in south Kashmir also witnessed coldest night after the minimum dipped to minus one degree there. Earlier coldest was yesterday when the minimum was recorded minus 0.5 degree at Qazigund and 0.4 degree at Kokernag.

In Kupwara in north Kashmir, people continued to shiver as the minimum temperature remained minus 0.8 degree because of icy cold winds following moderate to heavy snowfall on upper reaches recently. 

Leh shivers as minimum drops to minus 9

People continued to shiver as minimum temperature dropped further in the Ladakh region, where several roads were closed due to fresh snowfall.

Majority water bodies in the region were also frozen and authorities have stopped water supply through pipes because of below freezing temperature.

A Met department spokesman said Leh recorded coldest night of the winter when the minimum dropped to lowest minus 9 degree, four degree less than yesterday when it was minus 5.2 degree. However, the lowest so far was recorded on November 4 when it was minus 8.

Heavy snowfall has forced authorities to suspend traffic on Leh-Manali and Leh-Nobra and other roads. This year the roads were closed due to early snowfall. The roads have become slippery as snow had got frozen.

The border town of Kargil on Srinagar-Leh national highway, which was through, recorded minus 6 degree two degree less than yesterday when it was minus 4 degree.

However, temperature of nearby Drass, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, was not available, Met spokesman said. 

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