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Srinagar, Jan 25 (WD):

Night Temperatures Rise with Forecast of Light Rain and Snow in Kashmir

Srinagar, Jan 25 (WD): Thursday saw a slight increase in night temperatures amid predictions of isolated to scattered light rain and snow over the next few days in Jammu and Kashmir.

The Meteorological (MeT) office has forecasted isolated to fairly widespread light rain and snow for the upcoming two days. An advisory has been issued for the weather system from January 28-31, indicating a potential temporary closure of higher roadways and crucial passes like Sinthan Pass, Mughal Road, Sadhna, Razdan Pass, Zojila, etc. “Travelers are advised to plan accordingly,” stated a meteorological department official to Wattan Daily.

On Feb 1, the official mentioned a possibility of light rain/snow at scattered places. Regarding temperatures, Srinagar recorded a low of minus 3.6°C, up from minus 5.3°C the previous night, and 1.3°C below normal for this time of the year in the summer capital of J&K.

Qazigund recorded a minimum of minus 4.2°C, compared to minus 5.4°C the previous night, with the temperature 0.3°C below normal for the gateway town of Kashmir.

Pahalgam maintained a low of minus 6.3°C, the same as the previous night, and 1.2°C above normal for the renowned resort in south Kashmir.

Kokernag, in south Kashmir, recorded a minimum of minus 1.6°C, up from minus 2.3°C the previous night, with the temperature 2.0°C above normal.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a low of minus 2.9°C, compared to minus 5.3°C the previous night, and 0.8°C below normal.

Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 4.5°C, compared to minus 4.8°C the previous night, with the temperature 0.8°C above normal for the world-famous skiing resort in north Kashmir.

Jammu recorded a minimum of 4.1°C, down from 2.3°C the previous night, and below normal by 2.9°C for the winter capital of J&K.

Banihal recorded a low of minus 1.4°C, Batote 2.1°C, and Bhaderwah minus 0.4°C, according to the official.

The Kashmir valley is currently experiencing ‘Chillai-Kalan,’ a 40-day harsh winter period ending on January 29. However, this doesn’t mark the end of winter, as it is succeeded by a 20-day period called ‘Chillai-Khurd’ (January 30 to February 19) and a 10-day period ‘Chillai-Bachha’ (February 20 to March 1).

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