SRINAGAR: Chilai Kallan – the harshest 40 day period of winter in Kashmir – began on a relatively warmer note on Tuesday with Srinagar recording 7.6 degree Celsius maximum temperature in the day while the preceding night recorded a low of 2.2 degrees.
The chances of snowfall during the 40 day period are maximum.
An official at the Metrological department said that Leh recorded the coldest night with minus 10.5 degrees and minus 5.8 in the day, followed by Kargil where the temperature ranged from minus 6.8 in the night to minus 2.9 in the day.
Srinagar, the summer capital, according to him, remained comparatively warmer. The tourist destination Pahalgam chilled at minus 5.4.
He said the weather on Wednesday will largely remain the same, while there are chances of mixed rain and snow fall at higher reaches.
Traffic on the Srinagar Highway will remain open for traffic from Srinagar to Jammu, SSP Rural Traffic Aijaz Ahmad said.
People in the valley are already bracing up for the cold with residents covering house windows with plastic sheets, and wearing warm clothes including the pheran, the cloak covering the body from shoulders to knees.