Srinagar: Kashmir witnessed fresh snowfall and minimum temperature rose several notches high on Wednesday, the MeT department said.
Moderate snowfall in plains and heavy precipitation in the higher reaches of the Valley has been going on since early hours of the day, it said.
The weatherman said the precipitation brought major respite to residents and the minimum temperature increased several degrees across all weather stations.
Drass, the second coldest inhabited place in the world, saw the mercury rise by more than 12 degrees from minus 30.4 degrees Celsius to settle at minus 18.0 degrees Celsius.
In Leh district, the mercury settled at a low of minus 7.8 degrees Celsius compared to previous night’s minus 17.4 degrees Celsius, he said.
The minimum temperature in Srinagar Tuesday night settled at minus 0.3 degree Celsius, four degrees up from the previous night, the official said.
The MeT said Qazigund the gateway town to the Valley in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 2 degrees Celsius, while nearby Kokernag town registered a low of minus 3.4 degrees Celsius Tuesday night.
The mercury in Kupwara town in north Kashmir settled at minus 2.2 degrees Celsius compared to Tuesday night’s low of minus 7.8 degrees Celsius.
Gulmarg ski-resort in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 7.5 degrees Celsius Tuesday night, rising significantly from the previous night’s minus 12.2 degrees Celsius, while Pahalgam tourist resort, in South Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 3.3 degrees Celsius, a 10-degree rise over previous night, the official said.
The MeT has forecast rain or snow at most places across the state over the next five days.