- Weather is likely to remain generally cloudy during the next 24 hours: IMD official
- Foggy morning conditions prevailing in Jammu plains is likely to end tomorrow, says IMD
- The minimum temperature in Kupwara in north Kashmir settled at a low of 1.2 degrees Celsius
The minimum temperature dropped slightly in most parts of Kashmir where the tourist resorts of Gulmarg and Pahalgam received fresh snowfall, officials said on Thursday (January 20).
The minimum temperature in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, settled at a low of 2.2 degrees Celsius- half-a-degree down from the previous night, they said.
An official of the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said, "Rain/snow occurred in J&K and Ladakh on Thursday. Weather is likely to remain generally cloudy during the next 24 hours.
"Foggy morning conditions prevailing in Jammu plains is likely to end tomorrow", IMD official told news agency IANS today.
Gulmarg, the famous skiing resort in Baramulla district of north Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 5.0 degrees Celsius.
Pahalgam in south Kashmir's Anantnag district, which serves as the base camp for the annual Amarnath yatra, recorded a low of minus 0.6 degrees Celsius, up from the previous night's minus 1.9 degrees Celsius, they said.
The officials said Qazigund, the gateway town to the valley, recorded a minimum of 0.7 degrees Celsius, while the nearby south Kashmir town of Kokernag recorded a low of minus 0.1 degrees Celsius.
The minimum temperature in Kupwara in north Kashmir settled at a low of 1.2 degrees Celsius.
Jammu city clocked 8.5 degrees, Katra 7.5, Batote 2.1, Banihal 1.4 and Bhaderwah 1.6 as the minimum temperature.
Meanwhile, in the Ladakh region, Drass registered minus 15.9 degree, Leh minus 6.1 and Kargil minus 15.0 as the night's lowest temperature.
The MET Office has said the weather will remain partly to generally cloudy in J-K with the possibility of a spell of light rain or snow during January 22-23.
Thereafter, the weather is likely to stay mainly dry till the end of the month and there is no forecast of any major rain or snow till the end of January, it said.
Kashmir valley is currently under the grip of the 40-day harshest winter period known as 'Chilla-i-Kalan' which began on December 21 last year.
'Chilla-i-Kalan' is a period when a cold wave grips the region and the temperature drops considerably leading to the freezing of water bodies including the famous Dal Lake here as well as the water supply lines in several parts of the valley.
The chances of snowfall are the most frequent and maximum during this period and most areas, especially in the higher reaches, receive heavy to very heavy snowfall.
The 'Chilla-i-Kalan' will end on January 31, but the cold wave continues even after that in Kashmir with a 20-day-long 'Chillai-Khurd' (small cold) and a 10-day-long 'Chillai-Bachha' (baby cold).
(With agencies inputs)