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Kashmir under ‘Chillai-Kalan’ control with temperatures below freezing


Cold snap conditions in Kashmir did not abate on Saturday, as the minimum temperature remained below freezing even as the meteorological department said the valley is likely to receive light rain and snow in the coming days.

The weather in Kashmir has remained dry and cold since the December 12 snowfall, and the nighttime temperature remained several degrees below freezing, MeT department officials said.

Officials said Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 3.7 degrees Celsius, slightly higher than minus 4.3 degrees Celsius the night before.

At the Pahalgam resort in southern Kashmir, the mercury settled at minus 4.5 degrees Celsius, down from minus 5.9 degrees Celsius the night before.

The famous ski resort of Gulmarg in northern Kashmir was the coldest place in the valley at minus 6.5 degrees Celsius, down from minus 5.6 degrees Celsius the night before, according to officials.

Qazigund recorded a low temperature of minus 4 degrees Celsius, Kupwara minus 3.6 degrees Celsius and Kokernag minus 4.0 degrees Celsius, officials said.

Kashmir is currently under the control of ‘Chillai Kalan’, a period of 40 days of harsher winter when a cold snap takes over the region and the temperature drops considerably, causing the bodies of water to freeze as well such as the water supply lines in various parts of the valley.

The chances of snowfall are at their highest during this period and most areas, especially the higher reaches, receive heavy snowfall, authorities said.

The ‘Chillai-Kalan’, which started on December 21, will end on January 31. However, the cold snap continues even after that in Kashmir with a 20-day ‘Chillai-Khurd’ (little cold) and a ‘Chillai-Bachha’ (baby cold).

The meteorological department said there is the possibility of light rain and snow in the valley for the next several days starting Saturday.

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