Kashmir Valley receives snowfall
Srinagar: The overnight snowfall in Kashmir led to an increase in night temperatures by several notches in most places of the Valley and Ladakh region, giving a brief respite to residents.
Srinagar, the summer capital of J&K, received 2.3 mm snowfall and recorded a minimum temperature of minus 2.3 degrees Celsius, up by almost two notches from the previous night`s minus 4.2 degrees Celsius, an official of the MeT Department said here.
The minimum temperature in Pahalgam, in south Kashmir, went up by five notches from the previous night`s minus 12.4 degrees Celsius to settle at minus 7.4 degrees Celsius.
The famous ski-resort of Gulmarg registered a low of minus 9.7 degrees Celsius, as against the previous night`s minus 9.8 degrees Celsius.
Pahalgam received 0.6 mm of snowfall, while Gulmarg recorded 3.5 mm of snow last night.
The MeT official said Qazigund, gateway town to Kashmir Valley, received 2.4 mm snowfall and recorded an increase of over three notches in minimum temperature at minus 4.6 degrees Celsius, compared to minus 8.0 degrees Celsius the previous night.
Kokernag, in south, recorded a low of minus 5.5 degrees Celsius, an increase of over five notches from minus 10.6 degrees Celsius the previous night, he said.
The minimum in Kupwara, in north Kashmir, settled at minus 1.8 degrees Celsius compared to the previous night`s minus 2.8 degree Celsius.
Leh, in Ladakh region, recorded a low of minus 7.9 degrees Celsius against the previous night`s minus 8.6 degrees Celsius.
The mercury in Kargil settled at a low of minus 13.1 degrees Celsius, three degrees up from minus 16.1 degrees Celsius the previous night.
The MeT Department has said the weather would remain cloudy in Kashmir Valley, but it is expected to remain dry over the next 24 hours.
It has forecast snowfall and rains across the Valley on January 8 and 9.
Meanwhile, the Srinagar-Jammu national highway, the only road-link connecting Kashmir Valley with the rest of the country, is open for traffic.
"The national highway is open for traffic and as per the schedule, vehicles have been allowed to ply from Srinagar to Jammu," a traffic department spokesman said.
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