SRINAGAR/ JAMMU, Jan 24: The hills of Kashmir and parts of Jammu region had light snowfall while entire UT was lashed with rain today with the weatherman forecasting more snow and rain tomorrow.
Pahalgam and Gulmarg received light snowfall and the hills across the region were lashed by a few inches of snowfall.
South Kashmir had light snowfall this evening but it had stopped tonight. The other parts of the Valley had intermittent rains during the day and in the evening. Chilly winds were blowing across Kashmir today, making people to shiver.
Bhaderwah town, Patnitop, Banihal and higher reaches of Ramban, Doda, Kishtwar, Poonch, Reasi and Udhampur had fresh snowfall this evening while intermittent rain continued in entire Jammu region throughout the day today.
Due to rain, waterlogging was witnessed in many parts of Jammu city and most of the people stayed inside due to cold wave and rainy day. A thin attendance in educational institutions was observed due to bad weather.
Despite light rain, the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway by and large remained opened today but few traffic disruptions were witnessed at Panthyal due to shooting stones from the hillock. The authorities have deployed additional machinery and manpower at various crucial points along the highway in Ramban sector in view of Bharat Jodo Yatra’s safe movement, a senior official said.
A Meteorological Department official forecast widespread moderate snow and moderate to heavy snow over middle and higher reaches of Kashmir from today evening to January 25. “On January 26-28th, weather is expected to be partly to generally cloudy with light snow or rain at isolated places.”
From January 29-30th, the MeT department has forecast widespread moderate to heavy rain and snow.
Srinagar recorded a low of minus 2.3°C against last night’s minus 3.4°C. Today’s minimum temperature is normal for the city.
Qazigund recorded a low of minus 0.6°C against 1.0°C the previous night and it was 3.3°C above normal for the town.
Pahalgam recorded a low of minus 8.8°C against minus 4.7°C the previous night and it was 1.1°C below normal for the tourist resort.
Kokernag recorded a low of minus 3.5°C against minus 2.7°C the previous night and it was 0.1°C above normal for the place.
Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 9.6°C against minus 9.6°C the previous night and it was 1.3°C below normal for the skiing resort.
In Kupwara town, the mercury settled at minus 3.4°C against minus 2.9°C the previous night and it was normal for the town.
Leh and Kargil recorded a low of minus 10.2°C and minus 16.8°C respectively.
Kashmir is under the grip of Chillai-Kalan, the 40-day long harsh winter period that started on December 21 and will end on Jan 30. It is followed by a 20-day-long period called ‘Chillai-Khurd’ that occurs between January 30 and February 19 and a 10-day-long period ‘Chillai-Bacha’ (baby cold) which is from February 20 to March 1.