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After snowfall, sunny morning in Kashmir

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

Intermittent light snowfall continued in most parts of Saturday night, but clouds made way for the sun Sunday morning even as the has forecast mainly dry for the week ahead.

"There was intermittent light snowfall at most places in Saturday night, but the valley experienced a sunny morning today (Sunday)," an of the here said.

He said the would improve from Sunday and would stay mainly dry for the week ahead.

Owing to the cover, the minimum temperature at rose slightly Saturday night and settled at minus 0.4 degree Celsius compared to the previous night's low of minus 0.8 degree Celsius, the said.

He said Qazigund the gateway town to the valley in south recorded a low of minus 0.9 degree Celsius, while the nearby Kokernag town registered a low of minus 3.3 degrees Celsius Saturday night.

The mercury in Kupwara town in north Kashmir settled at a low of minus 1.5 degrees Celsius, the said.

Gulmarg ski-resort in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 9.0 degrees Celsius, while Pahalgam tourist resort registered a low of minus 2.8 degrees Celsius.

The official said Leh recorded a low of minus 6.5 degrees Celsius, while the mercury in Drass settled at a low of minus 9.7 degrees Celsius.

Kashmir is currently under the grip of 'Chillai-Kalan' the 40-day harshest period of winter when the chances of snowfall are most frequent and maximum and the temperature drops considerably.

'Chillai-Kalan' ends on January 31, but the cold wave continues even after that in Kashmir. The 40-day period is followed by a 20-day long 'Chillai-Khurd' (small cold) and a 10-day long 'Chillai-Bachha' (baby cold).

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First Published: Sun, January 13 2019. 12:30 IST