Srinagar: Fresh snowfall and rains lashed Kashmir bringing respite to residents from the month-long intense cold wave as the night temperatures rose by several degrees across the region.
    
Rains lashed the summer capital here as the minimum night temperature rose from minus 3.1 degrees Celsius to 0.7 degrees above the freezing point, a MeT official said. Srinagar recorded 0.2 mm rainfall overnight, he said.
    
High altitude areas of the Valley, including the famous skiing resort of Gulmarg, are witnessing fresh snowfall since last afternoon.
   
The official said Gulmarg resort, 52 kms from summer capital Srinagar, received two inches of snow and remained the only exception in the Valley where the minimum night temperature dipped.
   
Gulmarg, which is the star attraction for tourists visiting the Valley during winters, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 9.1 degrees Celsius, a decrease of 1.9 degrees from on Wednesday.
   
Snowfall and rains also lashed parts of north and south Kashmir, the official said.
   
He said the mercury in south Kashmir gateway town of Qazigund rose to zero degree Celsius and recorded 4.1 mm rain and snowfall.
   
The north Kashmir frontier town of Kupwara also recorded an increase in the minimum temperature as the rains and snowfall also lashed the region.
   
Kupwara town recorded 6.0 mm rains and snowfall, he said.     The frontier areas, located close to the Line of Control, Gurez and Tulail received two inches of snow, Z-gali received six inches of snow and Furkian Top received four inches of snow.
   
The Pahalgam resort in south Kashmir where mercury rose by 1.5 degrees to settle at minus 1.6 degrees Celsius, recorded 6.0 mm rain and snowfall, the official said.
   
The weather department has forecast moderate to heavy rains and snowfall in parts of the Valley over the next two days.
   
The department also issued an advisory warning land and air transport systems of the state may be disrupted as the western disturbances, which cause rains and snowfall, over the state are likely to intensify.
   
Kashmir Valley had been reeling under intense cold since start of 'Chillai Kalan', a forty-day period of extreme chilling weather, on December 21, has witnessed this periods first snowfall.
   
Meanwhile, the minimum temperature in Leh town of remote Ladakh region rose by nearly seven degrees to settle at minus 6.0 degrees Celsius, while in nearby Kargil town the night temperature was recorded at minus 12.4 degrees Celsius, the official said.

(Agencies)