While cold wave further tightened its grip over Kashmir on Tuesday, the local meteorological department predicted light rains and snow in the Valley in next 24 hours.
"There are likely chances of light rains and snow in Kashmir in next 24 hours," an official told Greater Kashmir.
"This will mostly affect higher reaches of Kashmir," he said.
The official said that a fresh western disturbance will affect the region from tonight.
"It will not have much impact because it is not hitting the state directly," he said, adding that there will be rain and snow mostly in higher reaches.
"Plains will hardly be affected," the official said.
The official said that night temperature remained below normal, even as the day chill intensified due to overcast conditions at majority of places in Kashmir on Tuesday.
He said that mercury further dipped several degrees in Ladakh, where the night temperature at Kargil plunged and settled at minus 15.4 degrees Celsius, equaling the coldest night of the season recorded so far on December 19.
The mercury in Srinagar—which recorded the coldest night this season so far at minus 4.2 degrees Celsius on Monday—surged and settled at minus 2.6 degrees Celsius, which is still below normal.
"Skies will be generally cloudy during the next 24 hours in Srinagar," the official said.
The night temperature at ski-resort of Gulmarg in Baramulla district settled at minus 4.4 degrees Celsius against minus 5.5 degrees Celsius recorded on Monday, while the health resort of Pahalgam saw the night temperature of minus 4.9 degrees Celsius.
Meanwhile, Srinagar-Jammu highway was open for one-way traffic on Tuesday, senior superintendent of police (traffic-rural) Ajaz Ahmad Bhat told Greater Kashmir.
He said the traffic will move from Srinagar to Jammu on Wednesday.