Srinagar: The Jammu and Kashmir meteorological department on Friday predicted another spell of light to moderate snowfall in the Valley from December 26.
Sonam Lotus, Director meteorological department of JK and Ladakh, said light to moderate snow over higher reaches occurred at isolated places in Kashmir and Ladakh, including Leh city.
“There is no forecast of any major snowfall till December 26 in the Valley,” the MeT official said, adding, “Another snow spell is likely during December 26 evening to December 28.”
Earlier, officials said that the minimum temperature settled at an above freezing point in the Valley barring the famous resorts of Gulmarg and Pahalgam.
MeT officials said that Srinagar, the summer capital of JK recorded a low of 2.4 against last night’s 2.6°C and had rainfall of 1.3mm in the last 24 hours till 8:30 am today.
Kashmir is presently under the grip of a 40-day long harshest period of winter, known locally as ‘Chillai Kalan, which started on December 21.
The mercury in the world-famous resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district settled at minus 5.1°C against minus 3.7°C on the previous night, the official said. It was 0.7°C above normal for the famous resort which recorded 3.3cms of fresh snowfall.
Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, had a low of 1.2°C against 0.8°C on the previous night, he said.
Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 1.3°C against 0.3°C on the previous night and had a snowfall of 0.4 cm.
Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of 1.2°C against 0.7°C on the previous night, the official said. It had rainfall of 5.2mm during the time, the official added.
Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a minimum of 2.2°C against 2.6°C on the previous night while as it had 0.3mm of rain, the official said.
Jammu, the JK’s winter capital, saw a low of 8.2°C which is normal for the place during this time of the year, he said.
Ladakh’s Leh had a low of 0.5°C against last night’s minus 6.6°C while Kargil recorded a minimum of minus 6.4°C.
Drass in Kargil, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded a low of minus 13.4°C, the official said.