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Another wet spell likely from Monday

Srinagar: Extreme cold condition continued in Kashmir on Saturday as the Valley braced for another spell of rain and snow likely to begin on Monday.

Director, Met Centre Sonum Lotus said that there is possibility of moderate snowfall across Kashmir between January 04-05.

He added that the higher reaches, especially in Pir Panchal and Chenab would experience heavy snowfall during the period, adding that in Jammu, the wet spell would begin from January 03 and would persist till January 05.

Lotus further said that present foggy mornings will also come to an end from tomorrow morning in Jammu region. He also appealed people not to venture out in hilly areas during the period to avoid any untoward incident.

Lotus also said that the Srinagar-Jammu highway may also be closed after fresh snowfall, adding that those scheduled to travel to and from Srinagar should confirm the situation of the road before travelling.

Deputy Director MeT, Mukhtar Ahmad, informed that the weather would remain cloudy on January 06 also.  He said that after January 05, there is no forecast of major snowfall in J&K and Ladakh till January 10.

Meanwhile, MeT spokesman informed that Pahalgam was the coldest place in Kashmir where the mercury settled at minus 8.4 degree Celsius in the intervening night of Friday-Saturday.

He said Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of minus 5.9 degree Celsius. Gulmarg ski resort recorded minus 7.5 degree Celsius.

Kashmir is presently under the grip of Chillai-Kalan, the 40-day harshest winter period. The Chillai-Kalan commenced on December 21 and will end on January 31.

Meanwhile, in Jammu city the minimum temperature was 5.5 degree Celsius, Katra 5.2 degree Celsius, Batote 0.5 degree Celsius, Bannihal minus 1.2 degree Celsius and Bhaderwah recorded minus 2.1 degree Celsius.

Leh town of Ladakh was at minus 19.2 and Kargil at minus 16.2 degrees Celsius.

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