Kashmir Tuesday witnessed slight respite from cold, even as weatherman has predicted snow and rains from Wednesday morning.
"There will be slight snowfall and rains in plains of Kashmir on Wednesday. Upper reaches will receive moderate snowfall," Director Meteorological Department, Sonam Lotus told Greater Kashmir.
He said snow and rains will stop on Thursday afternoon. "After Thursday the weather will remain dry for over a week," he said.
Lotus said from Wednesday onwards, day temperature will also increase.
A report this evening said that snowfall started in parts of north Kashmir, including Machil, Tangdhar, Keran, Uri, Gulmarg, Sadna Pass.
Similar reports were received from Shopian and Pahalgam areas of south Kashmir.
MeT officials the temperature in Srinagar recorded an increase of about six degrees from the previous night's minimum temperature of minus 5.6 degree Celsius. They said that the night temperature remained above the freezing point for the first time in the past one week.
MeT officials said the ski-resort of Gulmarg in Baramulla district recorded minus 10.0 degrees Celsius, while as minimum temperature also increased by over five degrees in the tourist resort of Pahalgam in south Kashmir. They said mercury in Pahalgam settled at a low of minus 2.1 degrees Celsius compared to the previous night at minus 7.2 degrees Celsius.
The mercury in Kupwara, they said, went up by over four degrees from the previous night's minus 4.5 degrees Celsius to settle at zero degree, they added.
MeT officials said Kokernag in south Kashmir recorded the minimum temperature of minus 1.5 degree Celsius, while Qazigund settled at a low of minus 2.2 degrees Celsius.
The minimum temperature in Leh increased by nearly five degrees from the previous minus 15.1 degrees Celsius to settle at a low of minus 10.2 degrees Celsius, the officials said.
However, Leh was recorded as the coldest place in the state.
The temperature in Kargil town also increased by over four degrees as the mercury recorded a low of minus 10.0 degrees Celsius, the officials said.
Meanwhile Traffic Department officials have asked highway travellers to contact Traffic Control Units on Wednesday before leaving for their destinations.