Weatherman today forecast widespread to moderate rain and snow in Pirpanjal range including Gulmarg.
The minimum temperatures across Kashmir rose slightly today with mercury settling in Srinagar at minus 3.7 degree Celsius against minus 4.3 degree Celsius the previous night. The temperature is almost two degrees Celsius below the normal for this time of the year in Srinagar where people endured second coldest night at minus 6.6 degree Celsius in a decade on December 19.
The temperature also remained below or equal to normal overnight in other parts of the Valley with Gulmarg, the world famous skiing resort recording a low of minus 6.5 degree Celsius against 5.6 degree Celsius on precious night and was the coldest place in the Valley.
Pahalgam, the famous tourist destination in South Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 4.5 degree Celsius against 5.9 degree Celsius on the previous night. Qazigund recorded a low of minus 4.0 degree Celsius, Kupwara minus 3.6 degree Celsius and Kokernag minus 4.0 degree Celsius.
Kashmir is in the middle Chillai-Kalan, the 40-day winter period which commenced on December 21 and ends on January 31. The period is considered the harshest of the winter when the chances of snowfall are most frequent and maximum.
The cold wave, however, continues even after that in Kashmir with a 20-day-long ‘Chillai-Khurd’ (small cold) and a 10-day-long ‘Chillai-Bachha’ (baby cold).
The weatherman has forecast mainly dry weather over the plains of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh in next 24 hours.
However for tomorrow, the weatherman has forecast widespread moderate rain and snow in south Kashmir and Pirpanjal range from Bhadrwah to Gulmarg.