SRINAGAR: The minimum temperatures have dipped below the freezing point in most places of the Valley, with the summer capital Srinagar registering the coldest night of the season so far, a MeT official said.
“The minimum temperatures dropped further across Jammu and Kashmir today due to clear night sky,” he said.
The minimum temperature recorded in the Srinagar city was minus 3.0 degrees Celsius, making it the coldest night so far, an official of the Meteorological Department said.
The famous ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir, which experienced snowfall on various occasions was the coldest place in Kashmir with a low of minus 7.4 degrees Celsius.
The famous hill resort of Pahalgam in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 5.6 degrees Celsius while Kupwara township of north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 3.4 degrees Celsius.
Kokernag, in south Kashmir, recorded minus 1.9 degrees Celsius while Qazigund registered minus 2.6, he said.
In the Jammu region, Jammu city recorded 7.2 degrees Celsius, Katra recorded 7.0, Banihal 1.0, Batote recorded 2.3 and Bhaderwah 0.2 as the night’s lowest temperatures.
Meanwhile, Sonam Lotus, Director of Meteorological Department, said, another spell of rain and snow (over higher reaches) with light to moderate intensity is most likely from November 23 to November 25.
“As of now, it looks like, snowfall over higher reaches of north-west J&K and Sonmarg -Zojila area likely to commence from November 23 morning and likely to affect both J&K and Ladakh till November 25,” he said.
“The strength of this weather system is lesser than the previous spell. So there’s no forecast of any widespread heavy snowfall or rain but due to low temperature, slippery and treacherous road condition, the snow may led to the temporary closure of Passes like Zojila, Mugal Road, Leh -Manali Road, etc. during the above period,” said Sonam Lotus, Director of Meteorological Department.