MeT dept predicts rains, snow from Jan 21-23

Greater Kashmir

Srinagar, Jan 19: The minimum temperatures at most places in Kashmir division, including Ladakh region, rose by around a degree even as the MeT Department here predicted rains or snow in the next few days.
Srinagar registered an increase of a degree in the night temperature which settled at minus 2.6 degrees Celsius compared to minus 3.7 degrees Celsius the previous night, a MeT Department spokesman said.
Qazigund, the gateway town to Kashmir Valley in south, recorded a low of minus 4.6 degrees Celsius against the previous night’s minus 4.2 degrees Celsius, he said. The mercury in south Kashmir hill resort of Pahalgam recorded a minimum of minus 6.0 degrees Celsius, slightly up from the previous night’s low of minus 6.4 degrees Celsius, he said.
Pahalgam was the coldest recorded place in the Valley, the spokesman said.
The famous ski-resort of Gulmarg, the star attraction for tourists visiting the Valley during winter, registered a minimum of minus 4.2 degrees Celsius – over a degree up from the previous night’s minus 5.6 degrees Celsius, the spokesman said.
He said the night temperatures in Kupwara, in north Kashmir, settled at a low of minus 2.6 degrees Celsius – an increase of 1.5 degrees from the previous night’s 4.1 degrees Celsius. Kokernag, in south Kashmir, recorded the minimum of minus 1.6 degrees Celsius, he said. Leh town, in the frontier Ladakh region, recorded a minimum of minus 15.6 degrees Celsius, slightly down from the previous night’s minus 15.0 degrees Celsius, the spokesman said. Leh was the coldest recorded place in the state, he said.
The mercury in Kargil, also in Ladakh, settled at a low of minus 13.4 degrees Celsius, over two degrees up from previous night’s low of minus 15.6 degrees Celsius, he said.
The MeT Department has said a fresh western disturbance is likely to affect Jammu and Kashmir from tomorrow onward raising the possibility of rains or snow in the region. There is a possibility of light to moderate rains or snow from January 21 to 23, it said.
Kashmir Valley is currently under the grip of ‘Chillai-Kalan’–the 40-day harshest winter period – which began on December 21. The chances of snowfall are maximum and most frequent during this period.
Though ‘Chillai-Kalan’ would end on January 31, the winter continues after that. The 40-day period would be followed by a 20-day long ‘Chillai Khurd’ (small cold) and a 10-day long ‘Chillai Bachha’ (baby cold).