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Srinagar, Jan 09: Kashmir continued to reel under intense cold with Gulmarg skiing resort recording a low of minus 10 degrees Celsius, Met officials said Wednesday.

The minimum temperature in Srinagar fell to minus 3.0 degrees Celsius, they said.

They said Qazigund in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 2.6 degrees Celsius, up by nearly one degree from the previous night. Kokernag registered a low of minus 1.4 degrees Celsius, while Kupwara in north Kashmir settled at a low of minus 3.0 degrees Celsius.

Pahalgam tourist resort recorded a low of minus 5.0 degrees Celsius last night and the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg registered a low of minus 10.0 degrees Celsius.

The officials said Leh recorded a low of minus 9.9 degrees Celsius last night, while the mercury in the nearby Kargil settled at a low of minus 15.6 degrees Celsius.

The weatherman has forecast another spell of precipitation including snowfall in Kashmir from Thursday.

Kashmir is currently under the grip of 'Chillai-Kalan' – a 40-day harshest period of winter when the chances of snowfall are believed to be most frequent and maximum and the temperature drops considerably.

'Chillai-Kalan' ends on January 31, followed by a 20-day long 'Chillai-Khurd' (small cold) and a 10-day long 'Chilla-Bachha' (baby cold).

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