The night temperature across Kashmir division increased by several degrees today and settled above the freezing point at most places, providing relief to the residents.
Srinagar - the summer capital of the state - recorded the minimum temperature of 3.9 degrees Celsius - an increase of over five degrees from the previous night's minus 1.3 degrees Celsius, an official of the Meteorological Department here said.
He said the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir registered the low of 2.0 degree Celsius, up from the previous night's 0.8 degree Celsius.
Pahalgam hill resort in south Kashmir registered the minimum temperature of 2.9 degrees Celsius - up by over five degrees from minus 2.2 degrees Celsius yesterday.
Kupwara, in north Kashmir, registered the low of 2.5 degrees Celsius compared to the previous night's minus 2.9 degrees Celsius, the official said.
He said the minimum in Kokernag town in south Kashmir settled at 3.4 degrees Celsius as compared to the previous night's 0.4 degree Celsius.
Qazigund - the gateway town to Kashmir Valley - recorded the low of zero degrees Celsius against yesterday's minus 1.0 degrees Celsius.
The night temperature in Leh in Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir registered an increase of one-and-a-half degrees from minus 4.6 degrees Celsius yesterday and settled at the low of minus 3.1 degrees Celsius, he said.
The official said the nearby Kargil town recorded the minimum temperature of zero degrees Celsius - up by nearly four degrees from the previous night's minus 4.4 degrees Celsius.
The Meteorological Department has forecast cloudy sky with possibility of light rain or snow at few places in the state over the next 24 hours, the official said, adding the weather is likely to remain dry for few days afterwards.
The Meteorological Department has predicted scattered rain
or snow today, and fairly widespread rain or snow tomorrow.
"Another western disturbance is going to hit the Valley on February 4. Fairly widespread or widespread rain or snow is expected on the day along with February 5," a MeT spokesman said, adding weather is expected to remain cloudy on February 1-3 with isolated rain or snow.
The mercury mostly stayed close to the freezing point at most of the places in Kashmir Division.
Leh, in frontier region of Ladakh, remained the coldest recorded place in the state with a low of minus 5.7 degrees Celsius, Gulmarg in north Kashmir was the coldest recorded place in the Valley with a minimum of minus 3.8 deg C, the spokesman said, adding Srinagar, which was lashed by rains last night, recorded a low of minus 0.4 deg C.
Despite rains in plains and light snowfall in upper reaches, the one-way traffic on Srinagar-Jammu national highway was going on smoothly, a spokesman of the Traffic department said.
The highway was opened for one-way traffic from Jammu to Srinagar yesterday after remaining closed for five days due to heavy snowfall and rains which also triggered landslides at several places between Banihal and Ramban stretch.
"Only Jammu-bound vehicles were allowed on the highway today and no vehicle was allowed from Jammu to Srinagar. The traffic is going on smoothly," he said.
An Airport Authority of India official said all flights scheduled from Srinagar international airport today have been delayed due to bad weather.
"No flight operated so far due to bad weather.
Meanwhile, Director of Srinagar Airport, Sharad Kumar said all flights scheduled for the day operated with some delay.
The delay was due to bad weather in Delhi.
"Flight operations at the airport took place normally, except for some delays because of bad weather in Delhi," he said.