"We are expecting light to moderate snowfall in the higher reaches of Kashmir Valley like Gulmarg, Sonamarg, Shopian, Kupwara and Pahalgam later this afternoon," Sonam Lotus, Director of the MeT Office in Srinagar, said.
    
“There is also a possibility of light snowfall followed by rain in Srinagar during the night,” he said.
     
Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of minus 3.9 degrees Celsius, almost a degree down from the previous night's minus 3.0 degrees Celsius.
    
The ski-resort of Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 7.0 degrees Celsius, same as the last night.
     
The mercury in Pahalgam hill resort, which serves as a base camp during the annual Amarnath yatra, settled at a low of minus 5.6 degrees Celsius, as against minus 7.3 degrees Celsius the last night.
    
Qazigund, the gateway town to Kashmir Valley, recorded a low of minus 3.2 degrees Celsius, compared to the last night's minus 4.8 degrees Celsius.
    
Kokernag, in south Kashmir, which recorded a low of minus 4.1 degrees Celsius the last night, registered an increase of two degrees in the night temperature to settle at a low of minus 2.2 degrees Celsius.
    
Kupwara in North Kashmir also recorded a rise of two degrees in the night temperature as the mercury settled at a low of minus 3.1 degrees Celsius compared to the last night's minus 5.2 degrees Celsius.
    
Leh remained the coldest place in the state and registered a temperature of minus 12.4 degrees Celsius, against minus 11.2 degrees Celsius the last night.
    
The nearby Kargil town registered the same minimum temperature as the previous night's low of minus 11.2 degrees Celsius.
    
‘Chillai Kalan’, which begins with Winter Solstice on December 21, is the period when the chances of snowfall are maximum and most frequent. The winter games at the skiing resort of Gulmarg are also held during this period.

(Agencies)

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