Snow, rain in higher reaches; minimum temperatures rise

Kashmir Valley received intermittent snow and rain on Thursday even as minimum temperatures rose across North India.

New Delhi: Kashmir Valley received intermittent snow and rain on Thursday even as minimum temperatures rose across North India.

Delhiites woke up to a slightly warmer day as the minimum temperature rose one degree above normal to settle at 9.8 degree Celsius.

The maximum temperature was recorded at 25.6 degrees Celsius, three notches above normal.

The minimum temperature had plummeted to 7.7 degrees Celsius, one degree below normal, yesterday with light rains and breeze bringing back winter chill to the national capital.

Intermittent snowfall and rain covered wide parts of Kashmir Valley where the night temperature marked a slight improvement due to cloudy weather.

It started raining in Srinagar and other parts of the Valley early this morning, resulting in further dip in the day temperature which was on a slide over the past couple of days.

Snowfall was reported from high-altitude areas, including Jawahar Tunnel, the gateway to Kashmir Valley, along the 294 km Srinagar-Jammu national highway, officials said.

The light snowfall did not disrupt traffic on the arterial road. The situation is being monitored along the highway on an hourly basis as forecast was of moderate to heavy snowfall in the Pir Panchal Range this week, they said.

Reports of snowfall were also received from Shopian in south Kashmir, Sonamarg on Srinagar-Leh national highway and Razdan top in Bandipora district, they said.

The famous ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir, which received couple of inches of snowfall over the past two days, witnessed brief spells of rain since this morning.

Gulmarg remained the coldest place in the Valley with a
low of minus 8.2 degrees celsius, a spokesman of the MET office said.

However, Kargil and Leh towns of frontier Ladakh region continued to be the coldest place in the state despite a notable improvement of several notches in the night temperature which settled at minus 9 degrees celsius at both places.

Minimum temperatures increased by a couple of notches in Punjab and Haryana today giving a break to people experiencing the winter chill.

Ludhiana and Patiala in Punjab recorded respective minimums of 11.1 degrees Celsius and 12.4 degrees Celsius, up by three and four notches, each, the MeT office said here.

Amritsar, however, had a cold night at 6 degrees Celsius.

Chandigarh, where overcast conditions prevailed, recorded an overnight temperature of 11.6 degrees Celsius, up two notches.

In Haryana, Ambala registered a low of 12.2 degrees Celsius, up three degrees Celsius.

Bhiwani recorded a low of 13.2 degrees Celsius, up four degrees while the minimum at Hisar was 11.4 degrees Celsius, two above normal.

Karnal, where foggy weather prevailed this morning, recorded a low of 10.6 degrees Celsius, up one notch, the MeT office said.