Nearly three inches of snow accumulated in Gulmarg tourist resort in north Kashmir till 8.30 am while Pahalgam resort in south Kashmir witnessed accumulation of nearly one inch of snow during the corresponding period, a MeT office spokesperson said.

Kokernag in south Kashmir experienced light snowfall while rest of the valley witnessed light rainfall since Tuesday evening, he said.

Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, recorded a low temperature of 2.7 degrees Celsius, up by 2.5 degrees from the previous night's low of 0.2 degrees Celsius, the spokesman said.

He said Qazigund, the gateway town to Kashmir Valley in south, recorded a low of 0.8 degree Celsius, a slight increase from 0.3 degrees Celsius of the previous night.

The mercury in Pahalgam, which serves as a base-camp for the annual Amarnath yatra, registered a slight drop to settle at 0.4 degrees Celsius compared to the previous night's low of 2.2 degrees Celsius, the spokesman said.     

The minimum temperature in the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg slipped by over two degrees to settle at minus 3.6 degrees Celsius compared to minus 1.5 degree Celsius, he said.

The night temperatures in Kupwara in north Kashmir, settled at a low of 1.2 degrees Celsius compared to 0.9 degrees Celsius the previous night, he said.

Leh, in the frontier Ladakh region, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 3.6 degrees Celsius, almost four degrees up from the previous night's minus 7.3 degrees Celsius, he said.

Kargil, also in Ladakh region, recorded a low of minus 9 degrees Celsius, the spokesman said, adding, the town was the coldest recorded place in the state.

The MeT Department has predicted light to moderate rain or snow at many places across the state.

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.

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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