"A fresh western disturbance has become active and there are chances of fairly widespread to widespread rains or snow for three days from today," a spokesman of the Meteorological department said.
Due to the cloud cover overnight, minimum temperatures in the Valley and Ladakh appreciated while the mercury in Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, stayed above freezing point for the first time in last six days.     

The city recorded a low of 1.7 degrees Celsius, four notches above from minus 2.4 degrees Celsius of the previous night, the spokesman said.
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 has 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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