Srinagar: The famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir received fresh snowfall and was the coldest recorded place in the state on Thursday even as minimum temperature fell at most places in the Valley.
The local MeT department has, however, predicted decrease in precipitation from today onwards.
Gulmarg, the famous ski-resort in north Kashmir and the star attraction for tourists especially skiers from abroad, received 16.5 inches of fresh snow till 8:30 am, a MET department spokesperson said here.
He said the minimum temperature in the resort went down by over five degrees from minus 2.6 degrees Celsius yesterday to settle at minus 8 degrees Celsius.
Gulmarg was the coldest recorded place in Jammu and Kashmir, he added.
Pahalgam hill resort in south Kashmir, which serves as the base camp for the annual Amarnath yatra, recorded 8.5 cm of fresh snow, along with 37.4 mm of rainfall and the mercury there settled at a low of minus 0.4 degree Celsius ? slightly down from 0.2 degree Celsius the previous night, the spokesperson said.
He said Srinagar - the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir - registered a low of 0.8 degree Celsius, compared to 0.4 degree Celsius the previous night.
The city received 20.6 mm of rainfall during the night, he added. The spokesperson said Kupwara, in north Kashmir, received
20.4 mm of rainfall and the minimum temperature in the town went down by nearly three degrees from 1.2 degrees Celsius yesterday to settle at minus 1.6 degrees Celsius.
He said Qazigund on Srinagar-Jammu national highway recorded a low of 1.4 degrees Celsius, down from the previous night's 2 degrees Celsius.
The town received 27.5 mm of rainfall, he added.
Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, registered the minimum temperature of minus 0.1 degree Celsius - a degree down from 1 degrees Celsius yesterday.
The town received 20.4 mm of rains during the night, the spokesman said.
Leh, the frontier town in Ladakh region, recorded the minimum temperature of minus 1.7 degrees Celsius as against the previous night's 1.7 degrees Celsius, he said.
The nearby Kargil town registered a low of minus 5 degrees Celsius, compared to the previous night's minus 3.9 degrees Celsius, he said.
The MeT Department said light rain or snow may occur at isolated places over the state today and there would be decrease in precipitation from tonight.
It, however, warned of a fresh Western Disturbance to affect the state on March 1.