SRINAGAR – Kashmir witnessed fresh snowfall of the season on Saturday after a Western Disturbance (WD) hit the region, even as there was some respite from cold conditions in the Valley as the night temperature rose owing to cloudy sky.
The summer capital, Srinagar witnessed a surge of three degrees in minimum temperature. It was minus 3 degree, 2.3 notches below normal, a Met department spokesman. Yesterday the minimum temperature in the city was minus 6 degree. Sun was playing hide and seek in the morning before finally going behind the clouds in Srinagar.
Later in the evening, Srinagar and other parts of the Valley received fresh snowfall.
The Met department spokesman warned that there could be isolated heavy rain and snow in the Kashmir valley on January 28 which could affect air and surface traffic.
Meanwhile, Gulmarg, the world famous ski resort in north Kashmir, was coldest in the valley after the minimum temperature was recorded minus 9.8 degree. The entire Gulmarg and other heights, including famed snow slopes are under four to six feet of snow, still waiting for skiers and other adventure lovers. The maximum temperature there was 2.4 degree, lowest in the valley.
He said Kupwara, also in north Kashmir, was second coldest at minus 6.8 degree followed by gateway of Kashmir, Qazigund minus 6.4 degree, Kokernag minus 5.8 degree and world famous health resort of Pahalgam minus 4.2 degree.
He said the minimum temperature was minus 16.2 degree at Leh, where majority water bodies remained frozen.
The sky would be partly to generally cloudy sky and the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 0 degree and minus 15 degree respectively during the next 24 hours at Leh.