Srinagar: The residents of Kashmir Valley on Sunday got respite from the intense cold wave conditions as `chillai kalan`, the 40-day harsh period of winter, ended
today with fresh snowfall and rain in many parts.
The minimum temperature across the Valley, except in Gulmarg skiing resort, stayed a degree above or below the freezing point, an official of the MET department said.
Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, witnessed a minimum temperature of 1.2 degrees Celsius, he said.
Qazigund, the gateway town to the Valley, recorded a minimum of zero degree C while the mercury in Kupwara settled at a low of 0.7 degree C.
Kokernag and Pahalgam in south Kashmir recorded a minimum of minus 0.4 degree C and minus 1.0 degree C respectively.
Gulmarg was the coldest place in the Valley where mercury was still 6.3 degree below the freezing point.
The increase in minimum temperature overnight has resulted in snowfall and rains in many parts of the Valley.
Gulmarg has received three inches of snowfall, while Qazigund, Pahalgam and Kokernag also witnessed snowfall of one inch.
It has been raining or snowing in many parts of the Valley, including Srinagar, till last reports came in. Meanwhile, Ladakh region also witnessed some respite
from cold with Leh town recording minus 10.0 deg C, 3.0 deg higher than last night, and Kargil town registering minus 8.8 deg C, compared to yesterday`s 1.4 deg C.