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Light snow likely in Kashmir Friday evening

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Srinagar: The local weather office on Thursday forecast light snow at isolated places in the Kashmir Valley and the Zojila Pass area on Friday and another spell of rain and snow in Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh next week.

“As of today, the weather is likely to remain mainly dry till tomorrow. Light snow is expected to be isolated to scattered places of Kashmir and Zojila area tomorrow evening.

“There is more than 70 percent chance of a spell of light to moderate snow at many places of Kashmir, Drass-Zojila area and the hilly areas of Jammu during December 7-8,” Sonam Lotus, director of the MET department said.

The MET office also said they expected snowfall at the Zojila Pass to block the Srinagar-Leh highway during this period.

The 40-day long period of harsh winter called the ‘Chillai Kalan’ begins on December 21 and will end in January 31.

Most of Jammu and Kashmir’s perennial water reservoirs get replenished due to snowfall during this 40-day long period.

Meanwhile the minimum temperature was minus 1.4 in Srinagar, minus 3.8 in Pahalgam and minus 2.5 degree Celsius in Gulmarg today.

Leh town of Ladakh recorded minus 10.5 and Kargil minus 4.6 degree Celsius as the day’s minimum.

Jammu city was at 10.6, Katra 10.5, Batote 8.0, Bannihal 6.2 and Bhaderwah 2.3 degree Celsius.

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