Srinagar: Residents of Kashmir got a slight respite from the intense cold wave conditions as the mercury rose in most parts of the Valley due to overcast conditions, leading to the possibility of fresh snowfall.
An official of the Met Department here said a fresh western disturbance is likely to affect the weather across the state from today, with the possibility of snowfall in some places of Jammu division as well.
"A fresh western disturbance is likely to affect the state from today for three days with its main activity on January 9," the official said.
He said under the influence of this weather system, moderate to heavy snowfall would occur at many places in Kashmir and Jammu divisions and at a few places in Ladakh region, particularly in Zogila, Drass and Kargil hilly areas.
Isolated places may receive very heavy snowfall, he added.
The official said the weather may disrupt surface and air transport and day temperatures may fall by five to six degrees, while the night temperature may rise by two to three notches.
He said there would be a decrease in precipitation from Friday onwards.
Owing to the overcast conditions, the minimum temperatures in most parts of the valley increased, but continued to stay below the freezing point.
Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of minus 1.7 degrees Celsius, over one degree up from the previous night`s minus 3.3 degrees Celsius, the official said.
The minimum temperature in Pahalgam in south Kashmir went
up by over eight degrees from the previous night`s minus 14.7 degrees Celsius to settle at minus 6.2 degrees Celsius last night, he said.
Pahalgam was experiencing light snowfall when the reports last came in, he added.
The official said the ski-resort of Gulmarg registered a low of minus 9.4 degrees Celsius, as against the previous night`s minus 11.6 degrees Celsius.
The minimum temperature in Qazigund settled at minus 4.6 degrees Celsius, while Kokernag recorded a low of minus 6.1 degrees Celsius.
The minimum in Kupwara in north Kashmir settled at minus 1.3 degrees Celsius compared to the previous night`s minus 4.6 degree Celsius.
Leh recorded a low of minus 12.1 degrees Celsius, an increase of over five degrees from the previous night`s minus 17.4 degrees Celsius.
The official said the mercury in the nearby Kargil town went up by over six degrees to settle at a low of minus 12.4 degrees Celsius as compared to minus 19.0 degrees Celsius the previous night.