No forecast for major rain, snow in Kashmir till Dec 23, says MET

Srinagar, Dec 14: Intense cold conditions prevailed in J&K and Ladakh on Tuesday even as weatherman ruled out severe weather warning in coming days.

News agency GNS quoted a local meteorological department official saying that weather is most likely to remain partly to generally cloudy during December 14 and 15 in Jammu & Kashmir while there is a 50 % probability of light to moderate snow over north and north west of Kashmir mainly over higher reaches and very light rain/snow at scattered places in plains of the valley later tonight.

“There is no forecast for any major rain/snow till December 23,” the official said.

Meanwhile, the the minimum temperature in Srinagar settled at minus 2.6°C against previous night’s minus 3.5°C. On December 11, the mercury in Srinagar plunged to minus 3.6°C, the lowest temperature recorded so far this season.

Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, had a low of minus 2.6°C against minus 2.8°C on the previous night, he said.

Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 3.8C against minus 5.3°°C on previous night.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 2.8°C against minus 3.5°C on previous night, the official said.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a minimum of minus 3.5°C against minus 4.2°C on the previous night, the official said.

Gulmarg, the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, witnessed a minimum of minus 5.6°C against minus 5.0°C on the previous night, the official said.

Jammu, the J&K’s winter capital, saw a low of 9.0 °C which is minus 0.2 degrees Celsius below normal, they said.

Ladakh’s Leh had a low of minus 7.6°C against last night’s minus 10.9°C while automatic Kargil station recorded minimum of minus 8.9°C. Drass in Kargil, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded a low of minus 10.0°C, the official added.

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