Kashmir valley gripped in intense cold ahead of wet weather  

Srinagar: Kashmir valley gripped in intense cold as two tourist spots witnessed seasons lowest minimum temperature with Pahalgam at -7.4 and Gulmarg -6.0 degree Celsius on Wednesday.

Srinagar dipped to minus 5.6 degree Celsius while the night temperature had a low of minus 7 degree Celsius at Konibal.

Meteorological Centre Srinagar forecast of hazy weather conditions with light to moderate snow at scattered places with 70% chances during December 29 evening to 30. “NO” forecast of any major snowfall till January 5.

The MeT centre has also issued an advisory for December 30 stating that there’s no forecast of any major snowfall but even light Snowfall & below freezing temperature may lead to temporary disruption of surface transportation on Sonmarg-Zojila, Sinthan Top, Gurez- Bandipora etc.

Tourist hot spot Pahalgam in south Kashmir experienced the season’s coldest night at minus 7.4 degree Celsius against minus 6.7 degree Celsius on Tuesday. It was minus 2.2 degree Celsius below normal during this period of the season.

Ski resort of Gulmarg had a low of minus 6.0 degree Celsius against minus 5.9 degree Celsius recorded the previous night which was 0.2 degree Celsius below normal during this time of the season for the valley of meadow in north Kashmir.

Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir recorded a low of minus 5.6 degree Celsius against 4.8 degree Celsius a day ago. It was minus 3.5 degree Celsius below normal during this period of the season. On December 23 Srinagar had a low of minus 5.5 degree Celsius.

Qazigund on Srinagar Jammu national highway recorded a low of minus 5.0 degree Celsius while Kukernag had a low of minus 3.4 degree Celsius on wednesday.

Frontier Kashmir district of Kupwara had a low of minus 5.5 degree Celsius against, MeT office said.

UNI

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