"This was one of the driest winters in the last three decades. It was in 1986 that the Valley witnessed such dry winter," Director MeT office, Sonam Lotus said. Lotus said the precipitation in January was the lowest ever this year.
"The previous lowest precipitation was in January 2007 when it was 7 mm but this January it was recorded at only 4 mm. The normal for the period is 50 mm, so we can say that the weather was almost dry this winter," the director said.     

He said though there were Western Disturbances which result in higher precipitation, the frequency of strong ones was rare.

"The frequency of strong WDs was very rare. This has happened only three times – in 1986, 2007 and this year – in the last three decades," he said.

Lotus, however, said there were chances of snowfall in the winter period ahead.

"From tomorrow evening till the morning of February 3, moderate rains or snow would occur in plains of Kashmir while there are chances of moderate to heavy snowfall in the higher reaches of the Valley," he said.

As the weather remained dry, the minimum temperatures continued to hover below the freezing point with Srinagar, the summer capital of the state, recording a low of minus 2.9 degree Celsius, slightly up from the yesterday's minus 3.5 degrees.

"Chillai-Kalan" began on December 21 and will now be followed by a 20-day long "Chillai Khurd" (small cold) and a 10-day long "Chillai Bachha" (baby cold).

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