A shivering Kashmir region received fresh snowfall on this afternoon as mercury overnight plummeted drastically several degrees below the freezing point.
Light snow fell across the region, including the city, and continued till late evening.
The fresh snowfall comes days after a heavy snow spell resulted in a shutdown of the entire region leaving roads and a critical highway blocked and electricity supply was snapped to wide areas.
The minimum temperature in Srinagar city was recorded at -4.2°C leaving residents struggling with frozen taps and a shivering morning, an official of the state Meteorological Department said.
The day temperature in the city rose to a maximum of paltry 2.0°C, which is one of the lowest day temperatures of the season.
In south Kashmir's Pahalgam resort, the mercury overnight plummeted to -12.4° C, making it the coldest place in the Kashmir valley. In north Kashmir's Gulmarg resort, a skiing destination during winter months, the minimum temperature was recorded at -9.8 °C, the official said.
In Qazigund town, located on the southern most edge of Kashmir, mercury fell to a lowest of -8.0°C, while the minimum temperature in north Kashmir's frontier Kupwara town settled at -2.8°C.
The minimum temperature in south Kashmir’s Kokernag area was recorded at -10.6°C, the official said.
In Leh town, the minimum temperature was recorded at -8.6°C, while the mercury fell to -16.1°C in its neighbouring Kargil town, making it the coldest place in the entire Kashmir division.
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