Night temp improves on first day of Chilai-Kalan

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Srinagar: Barring in world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, night temperature witnessed improvement on the first day of 40-day-long Chilai Kalan, the coldest period of winter in the Kashmir valley, where day remained chilly.
Though there was some improvement in the minimum temperature in Ladakh region, majority water bodies remained frozen. The minimum temperature at Drass was minus 8.5 degree and Leh minus 9.5 degree.
A Met department spokesman said there could be isolated rain or snow during the next 24 hours in Jammu and Kashmir. However, this will follow dry weather during the subsequent 48 hours.
Ahead of Chilai-Kalan which began from mid-night last, Kashmir valley, including summer capital, Srinagar, received fresh snowfall on Friday afternoon. There was light snowfall in the plains and heavy to very heavy snowfall in the upper heights. Interestingly majority north Kashmir heights did not experience snow yesterday and all roads leading to far flung and remote villages, including border towns of Keran, Karnah and Machil remained open. Kupwara recorded minus 1.5 degree minimum temperature.
Gulmarg after recording fresh snowfall witnessed drop in the minimum temperature and settled at minus 9.6 degree. Gulmarg town received light to medium snowfall while upper reaches, including Kongdori, Khilanmarg and Affarwat, the highest skiing point connected by cable car, received heavy snowfall.
Pahalgam recorded minus 3 degree night temperature after fresh snowfall. Heavy to very heavy snowfall was experienced at holy Amarnath cave shrine and its periphery, Panjterni, Pisso top, Sheshnag and Chandanwari, first halting station connected by road, on traditional yatra route.
Snowfall was also received in other upper reaches in south Kashmir, including Kokernag where the minimum temperature was minus 1 degree. Qazigund, gateway of Kashmir on Sriangar-Jammu national highway also witnessed surge in the minimum temperature and settled at minus 0.4 degree after fresh snowfall.
Srinagar, the summer capital of Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir also witnessed surge in the night temperature on the first day of Chilai Kalan. The minimum temperature was minus 0.4 degree which was half a notch above normal.