Cold Wave Intensifies As Valley Braces For More Snow

Srinagar: Ahead of prediction of more snow, chilly weather conditions have further intensified in Kashmir valley, where ski resort of Gulmarg and health resort of Pahalgam were colder than Leh after mercury in these areas dipped and settled at minus 12 degree and minus 12.4 degree respectively.

A Met department spokesman said that light snow would occur at few places in the Valley during the next 24 hours. Meanwhile, Leh in Ladakh region witnessed an improvement of about five degree in the night temperature due to cloudy skies. Against minus 13.1 degree recorded yesterday, the night temperature was minus 8.3 degree.

People work up to yet another chilly morning in the summer capital Srinagar, where the night temperature was about one degree below normal. Against minus 2.5 degree recorded yesterday, the night temperature was minus 3.3 degree. The day temperature recorded in the summer capital was about two degree below normal due to cloudy skies coupled with ice cold winds.

Meanwhile, the snow on roof and tree tops besides roadsides and open fields has frozen due to sub-zero temperature during the night in Srinagar and outskirts.

Pahalgam in south Kashmir, which received 4.8 mm of fresh snowfall over night, was the coldest place in the region after the health resort witnessed a dip of about eight degrees. Against minus 4 degree recorded yesterday, the night temperature was minus 12.4 degree, which was about around five degree below normal.

Famed ski resort of Gulmarg, where the world class slopes are already under several feet of snow, also received light fresh snowfall over night, a hotelier told UNI over the phone.

Gulmarg, which attracts skiers, tourists and adventure lovers from all over the Globe because of its ski slopes during winter season, witnessed a considerable dip in the night temperature as the mercury plunged and settled at minus 12 degree recorded yesterday, against minus 9 degree yesterday. The night temperature in the ski resort was five degree below normal.

However, Qazigund, gateway to Kashmir valley, on 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway, witnessed some improvement in the night temperature though it was still below normal. Against minus 3.5 degree recorded yesterday, the night temperature was minus 2.4 degree.

Another health resort, Kokernag also witnessed improvement in night temperature after mercury surged and settled at minus 1.7 degree, against minus 3.8 degree recorded yesterday.

The mercury in Kupwara in north Kashmir witnessed a dip and settled at minus 1.8 degree, against minus 1.3 degree recorded yesterday.

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