Srinagar- The weather department on Sunday predicted another wet spell in Kashmir from January 22 even as intense cold wave conditions persisted in Valley.
The weather office said a fresh western disturbance is most likely to affect Jammu and Kashmir from January 22 evening to January 25 forenoon.
"This will bring fairly widespread to widespread light to moderate snowfall/rain to the plains of Jammu, with the main activity on January 24," the IMD official said.This system is much weaker than the previous one. So we expect the precipitation to be of lower intensity, he added.
Meanwhile, the night temperature in Kashmir improved slightly but remained several notches below the freezing point, a MeT department official said.
Srinagar city -- the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir -- recorded a low of minus 7.6 degrees Celsius, up from minus 8.2 degrees Celsius the previous night, he said.
The minimum temperature in the city last night was still over five notches below the normal for this time of the year, he added.
Pahalgam, which also serves as a base camp for the annual Amarnath Yatra in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 8.7 degrees Celsius, up from the previous night's minus 9.4 degrees Celsius.
The minimum temperature in Gulmarg settled at minus 4.2 degrees Celsius. The tourist resort had recorded a low of minus 5.4 degrees Celsius on Friday night.
Qazigund was the coldest place in Jammu and Kashmir with a minimum temperature of minus 9 degrees Celsius, the official said.
Kupwara in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 6.2 degrees Celsius while Kokernag in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 8.7 degrees Celsius.
The intense cold wave in Kashmir has resulted in the freezing of water supply lines in several areas. A thick layer of ice has covered several roads, making it difficult for motorists to drive.
Several water bodies, including the famous Dal Lake here, have also frozen. Authorities have issued an advisory against walking on ice.
The State Disaster Response Force (SDRF) and river police are conducting patrolling around the frozen water bodies to ensure the safety of people.
Kashmir is currently in the grip of 'Chillai-Kalan' -- the 40-day period of harshest winter when a cold wave grips the region and the temperature drops considerably.
The chances of snowfall are the maximum during this period and most areas, especially in the higher reaches, receive heavy snowfall.
While 'Chillai-Kalan' began on December 21 and will end on January 31, the cold wave continues even after that in Kashmir with a 20-day 'Chillai-Khurd' (small cold) and a 10-day 'Chillai-Bachha' (baby cold). (with PTI inputs)
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