Kashmir Freezes; Pahalgam At Minus 5.6°C

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Snowfall Forecast On Dec 9-10, 12-13 And Dry Weather Thereafter Till Dec 18

Srinagar- Cold wave conditions in Kashmir intensified on Wednesday as the mercury continued its southward journey at most places, officials said.

At minus 5.6 degrees Celsius, Pahalgam was the coldest recorded place in the Union Territory, they said.

Srinagar, which had recorded the coldest night of the season at minus 3.4 degrees Celsius on Sunday, witnessed a low of minus 3 degrees Celsius on Tuesday, slightly down from minus 2.2 degrees Celsius on Monday, an official of the Met department here said.

The night temperature was lower at the ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, which recorded a low of minus 4 degrees Celsius, a slight drop from minus 3.5 degrees Celsius recorded on Tuesday.

Pahalgam, in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, which serves as the base camp for the annual Amarnath yatra, was the coldest recorded place in the valley at minus 5.6 degrees Celsius, down from minus 3.8 degrees Celsius.

Qazigund, the gateway town to the Valley, recorded a minimum of minus 3.6 degrees Celsius, while Kokernag registered a low of minus 1.9 degrees Celsius. Kupwara in north Kashmir recorded minus 3.1 degrees Celsius.

The meteorological department has forecast dry weather but haze till December 8.

MeT department has already forecast light to moderate snowfall in Kashmir from the evening of December 9 to 10.
“A fresh Western Disturbance is likely to affect J&K and adjoining areas from December 9. Under the influence of the system, there is a possibility of light snow over plains and lower reaches, light to moderate snow over middle and higher reaches during 9th December (evening) to 10th December (evening) particularly over north, northwestern, central parts of Kashmir and South Kashmir,” the MeT official said, adding, “Light rain was expected at isolated to scattered places of Jammu.” A feeble WD is also expected hit J&K on night of December 12 and 13.

There is possibility of snowfall over higher reaches under its influence in Kupwara, Bandipora and Ganderbal, he said. Dry weather is expected thereafter till November 18, he added.

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