Srinagar: The meteorological department on Thursday predicted light snow at isolated places in the Kashmir Valley and the Zojila Pass area on Friday and another spell of rain and snow in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh next week.
“As of today, the weather is likely to remain mainly dry till tomorrow. Light snow is expected to be isolated to scattered places of Kashmir and Zojila area tomorrow evening,” Sonam Lotus, director of the MET department said.
“There is more than 70 per cent chance of a spell of light to moderate snow at many places of Kashmir, Drass-Zojila area and the hilly areas of Jammu during December 7-8,”
The MET office also said they expected snowfall at the Zojila Pass to block the Srinagar-Leh highway during this period.
The 40-day long period of harsh winter called the ‘Chillai Kalan’ begins on December 21 and will end on January 31.
Meanwhile, most places in Kashmir registered sub-zero temperatures with Pahalgam being the coldest recorded place in the valley at a low of minus 3.8 degrees Celsius, officials said on Thursday.
All weather stations in Kashmir, except Kokernag, registered subzero temperatures last night, officials said.
Shopian district recorded a low of minus 3.4 degrees Celsius while Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded a minimum temperature of minus 2.5 degrees Celsius.
The mercury in Srinagar, which had recorded a minimum temperature of minus 2.2 degrees Celsius last Friday, settled at a low of minus 1.4 degrees Celsius on Thursday, officials said.
The mercury settled at the minimum of minus 0.8 degrees Celsius in Qazigund, minus 1.8 degrees Celsius in Kupwara and 0.4 degrees Celsius in Kokernag.
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