Chilai Kalan Arrives With Snow In Upper Reaches


Leh shivers with minus 12.4

SRINAGAR: The 40-day harsh winter period of ‘Chillai-Kalan’, began Saturday with a chilly morning, even as the upper reaches of the Valley received fresh snowfall of the season.

Reports said that the higher reaches of Valley including the famous resorts of Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonmarg received fresh spell of snowfall this morning as the harshest winter period in the Valley started. The snowfall also led to decline in the temperature.

Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of minus 3.9 degrees Celsius, almost a degree down from the previous night’s minus 3.0 degrees Celsius. The ski-resort of Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 7.0 degrees Celsius, same as the previous night.

The mercury in Pahalgam hill resort settled at a low of minus 5.6 degrees Celsius, as against minus 7.3 degrees Celsius the previous night. Qazigund recorded a low of minus 3.2 degrees Celsius, compared to the previous nights minus 4.8 degrees Celsius.

Kokernag recorded a low of minus 4.1 degrees Celsius the previous night, registered an increase of two degrees in the night temperature to settle at a low of minus 2.2 degrees Celsius.

Kupwara recorded a rise of two degrees in the night temperature as the mercury settled at a low of minus 3.1 degrees Celsius compared to the previous night’s minus 5.2 degrees Celsius.

Leh remained the coldest place in the state and registered a temperature of minus 12.4 degrees Celsius, against minus 11.2 degrees Celsius the previous night. The nearby Kargil town registered the same minimum temperature as the previous night’s low of minus 11.2 degrees Celsius. 

Chillai Kalan will be followed by 20-day Chalai-e-Khurd and 10-day Chala Bacha.

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