Srinagar, December 14
Chill intensified in the Kashmir valley, where minimum temperature recorded considerable drop due to open sky while Leh and Kargil continued to freeze at below minus 10 degree.
A Met department spokesman said here this afternoon that weather will remain dry in the Jammu and Kashmir during the next 72 hours due to which the night could become more colder though maximum temperature would be near or above normal.
The world famous ski resort of Pahalgam was coldest in the valley, where business and other activities remained shut and educational institutions closed due to separatist strike.
Due to recent snowfall on the upper reaches followed by dry weather and open sky, the minimum temperature recorded further drop at Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir. Against minus 4.9 degree recorded yesterday the minimum temperature there settled at minus 5.3 degree, more than two notches below normal. Due to drop in the temperature, snow on upper heights had frozen due to which water level in river Lidder and other water bodies witnessed decrease.
Gulmarg, world famous ski resort in north Kashmir, however, witnessed some improvement though it was still a notch below normal.
Met spokesman said after snowfall the minimum temperature at Gulmarg was minus 5.2 degree which recorded slight improvement and settled at minus 4.8 degree.