Srinagar: With clear
night skies across the Kashmir Valley and the Ladakh region
Friday, the minimum temperature continued to dip with Leh town
recording a bone-chilling minus 17.8 degrees, the lowest so far
"The minimum temperature fell to the lowest so far this season in
Leh town. It was minus 17.8 degrees," Sonam Lotus, director of the
meteorological office, told IANS.
"Srinagar city recorded minus 1.2 degrees while the north Kashmir
ski resort of Gulmarg also recorded the lowest this season so far.
Gulmarg witnessed a night temperature of minus 12 degrees while it
was minus 8.2 degrees today (Friday)," he added.
Severe cold wave conditions have again started in the valley after
a respite Tuesday and Wednesday when the mountains received fresh
snowfall and light rain lashed the plains here.
"The present weather conditions will continue for at least five to
six more days," Lotus said.
Even though the 40-day long severe winter period known as Chillai
Kalan started here Wednesday, locals are disappointed with the
absence of snowfall in the plains so far.
"I remember my childhood - long boots, frozen lakes, icicles and
tonnes of snow. It is unbelievable to see bright sunshine in
Chillai Kalan and no snow, no icicles and yet the severest cold,"
said Bashir Ahmad War of north Kashmir's Ganderbal district.