Valley Reels Under Cold Wave, Leh Records -4.5 Degrees

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SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir continued to reel under cold wave even as fresh snowfall was reported in Sonamarg and upper reaches of Gulmarg on Wednesday.

Kargil in Ladakh region recorded a minimum temperature of minus 2.5 degree Celsius today.

Leh recorded minus 5.4 degree Celsius as a cold wave has hit the region due to a prolonged dry spell, a Met official said.

"Cold wave conditions are likely to continue for the next two days as the weather is expected to remain dry with cloudless night sky," the official said.

However, there has been a marginal improvement in temperature in some places. According to an official of the Met department, Srinagar recorded a night temperature of 2.5 degree Celsius, slightly better than 2.3 degrees it posted a day ago.

The minimum temperature in Gulmarg, a skiing destination, settled at 1.2 degree Celsius against minus 0.6 degrees the previous night. The night temperature in Pahalgam, the tourist resort in south Kashmir, dipped to minus 0.2 degree Celsius.

Meanwhile, the Srinagar-Leh highway remained closed after fresh snowfall on Wednesday at the Zojila pass. Due to slippery road conditions, authorities did not allow vehicular movement on the highway.

Lakes and streams in Kargil and Zanskar areas of Ladakh have started freezing.

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