Gulmarg was the coldest place in Jammu and Kashmir with a minimum temperature of minus 9.3 degrees Celsius. The temperature was the lowest recorded in the state on Tuesday night.

“The night temperature was minus 9.3 degrees Celsius in Gulmarg which is much colder than Leh and Kargil towns of Ladakh region recorded at minus 6.3 and minus 6.8 respectively today (Wednesday)," a weather official said."Gulmarg witnessed the coldest night of the season," he added.

The high altitude areas of Jammu and Kashmir experienced snowfall since December 21, the day when the 'Chillai-Kalan', considered as the harshest 40-day winter period, started.

Snowfall ranging from one foot to four feet was reported from the high altitude areas, including the famous cave shrine of Amarnath in last three days, while the plains received light snowfall and rains. But no fresh spell of rain or snowfall was reported from any part of the Valley on Wednesday.

Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a minimum temperature of 0.6 degrees Celsius, same as the previous night, an official of the Meteorological Department said.

The mercury at Pahalgam hill resort, which serves as a base camp during the annual Amarnath yatra, settled at a low of minus 1.4 degrees Celsius, an increase of over one degree from the previous night’s minus 3.0 degrees Celsius.

Qazigund, the gateway town to Kashmir Valley, recorded a low of 0.2 degrees Celsius as against the previous night’s 0.4 degrees Celsius.

Kokernag, in south Kashmir, which recorded a low of minus 3.5 degrees Celsius the previous night, registered a low of minus 3.6 degrees Celsius last night.

Kupwara, in north Kashmir, recorded a minimum of minus 1.1 degrees Celsius as compared to 0.3 degrees Celsius the previous night.

The night temperature in Leh, in the frontier region of Ladakh, increased by over two degrees to settle at a low of minus 6.3 degrees Celsius as against minus 8.9 degrees Celsius the previous night.

The nearby Kargil town registered a minimum of minus 6.8 degrees Celsius, the official said.

The MeT Department has said the weather in the Valley is expected to remain cold and dry during the next 48 hours. 

JPN/Agencies