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Kashmir continues to reel under intense cold, Ladakh records minus 8.0°C

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A wide view of a frozen Dale Lake in Srinagar, the lake freezes often in winter as temperatures across JK drop to zero degrees celsius. [FPK Photo]

Srinagar: Cold conditions continued in Kashmir Valley and Ladakh with Srinagar, the summer capital of JK, recording minus 1.5°C against the previous night’s minus 0.2°C.

A meteorological department official said that the minimum temperature was minus 0.6 below normal for this time of the year. On November 23, the mercury settled at minus 2.3°C in Srinagar which is lowest temperature recorded so far this season in the city.

Qazigund recorded a minimum temperature of minus 1.4°C against minus 2.0°C on the previous night, he said. It was 1.4°C below normal for the gateway town of Kashmir for this time of the year, the official said.

Pahalgam recorded a low of minus 3.3°C against minus 3.3°C on the previous night. The famous resort in south Kashmir was the coldest place in the entire Valley.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 0.9°C against minus 0.5°C on the previous night and a normal of 0.4°C, the official said.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 2.4°C against minus 1.6°C on the previous night, the official said.

Gulmarg, the world-famous skiing resort in north Kashmir, recorded a minimum of minus 1.7°C against minus 1.2°C on the previous night, the official said.

Ladakh’s Leh recorded a low of minus 8.0°C against last night’s minus 9.0°C while Kargil town recorded a low of minus 3.4°C. Drass in Kargil, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded a low of minus 11.4°C, the official said.

The weatherman has forecast widespread light to moderate snowfall and rains in the plains of Jammu and Kashmir during 5-7th December.

Due to “snow and freezing temperatures” there is the possibility of temporary disruption of traffic overpasses like Zojila, Sinthan Top, Razdan Top, and Mugal Road, the official said.

“A Western Disturbance is most likely to affect J&K during 5-7th December. Widespread light to moderate snowfall and rain in plains is expected during the period,” the official said.

“Some places on higher reaches (above 2000m) may receive heavy snow( 1-2feet) whereas plains are likely to receive 2-3 inches of snow.” As of today, there’s “no forecast” of heavy snow and rain in the plains.

Regarding probable impacts, he said, “There is the possibility of disruption of traffic overpasses like Zojila, Sinthan Top, Razdan Top, Mugal Road due to snow and freezing temperatures.”

 

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