The mercury in Kargil town settled at minus 17.0 degrees Celsius, down by nearly six degrees from the previous night's minus 11.4 degrees Celsius, a spokesperson of the MeT department here said.

The town registered a dip of 12 degrees in the minimum temperature in the last two days as it had recorded a low of minus 5.0 degrees Celsius on Thursday.

The Met Department has said the weather would remain mainly dry and cold for the next few days.
Kashmir Valley is currently under the grip of 'Chillai-Kalan' – the 40-day harshest winter period – which began on December 21. The chances of snowfall are maximum and most frequent during this period. However, this year the weather had remained mostly dry with occasional snowfall or rains mostly in higher reaches.

Though 'Chillai-Kalan' would end on January 31, the winter continues after that. The 40-day period would be followed by a 20-day long 'Chillai Khurd' (small cold) and a 10-day long 'Chillai Bachha' (baby cold).

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