Light to Moderate Snow, Rain Forecast In Many Valley Parts From Today Evening
Srinagar: The minimum temperatures nose-dived on Thursday night at several places in Kashmir with some towns recording the coldest night in past 16 years, officials said here on Friday.
Gulmarg skiing resort in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 12 degrees Celsius, a drop of more than four degrees compared to previous night’s minus 7.6 degrees Celsius, the officials said. Pahalgam tourist resort in south Kashmir, which serves as the base camp for the annual Amarnath yatra, recorded a low of minus 11.9 degrees Celsius, a drop of 7.8 degrees from the previous night.
Kokernag and Qazigund towns in south Kashmir both recorded a low of minus 9.4 degrees Celsius, the officials said. Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 0.3 degrees Celsius.
While IMD Srinagar officials release data for only six major weather stations in the Valley, a private weather forecaster claimed that Larnoo in Kokernag was the coldest recorded place in Kashmir where the mercury plunged to minus 17.1 degrees Celsius followed by Sonamarg resort on Srinagar-Leh highway which recorded a low of minus 15.1 degrees Celsius.
“Records break as extreme cold wave hits south Kashmir, parts of Jammu region and Sonamarg. Larnoo in Kokernag coldest at -17.7 °C, followed by Sonamarg at -15.1 °C,” private weather forecaster Faizan Arif posted on his X handle. He said the temperature in Qazigund was the lowest in the past 16 years.
“Qazigund today’s temperature = -9.4 °C. Previous Record = -12.2 °C on 13 Feb 2008. Summary = Lowest temperature in the last 16 years,” he said in a related post.
Although ‘Chilla-i-Kalan’ – the 40-day harshest winter period – ended earlier this week, the cold wave has continued in Kashmir. The Valley is currently going through a 20-day-long ‘Chilla-i-Khurd’ (small cold) which shall be followed by a 10-day ‘Chilla-i-Bachha’ (baby cold).
Regarding forecast, a MeT official here said: “3rd-4th Feb: Generally cloudy towards afternoon with possibility of Light to moderate Snow/Rain at many places towards evening till 4th feb evening with chances of heavy snowfall over isolated higher reaches.
Middle and higher reaches of North, Nwestern and South Kashmir may receive 8-12 inches of Snow, lower reaches & plains may receive 3-6 inches, while plains of Central Kashmir may recieve Rain with 1-2 inches of Snow.
Jammu Division may receive Light to moderate Rain with thunder/Lightning with light to moderate snow over higher reaches of Pirpanjal Range and Chenab Valley during the above period.
5th Feb:Partly to Generally cloudy with Possibility of Light Snow over isolated higher reaches.
6th-13th feb: Generally dry weather.”