‘Chillai Kalan’ hits early in Kashmir

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Kashmir: Seems like the intense cold Chillai Kalan, the 40-day extreme cold have commenced earlier this week in the Valley of Kashmir.

As per the reports on Saturday, the temperature has dropped several notches below the freezing point. The Meteorological department confirmed that the valley and the cold desert Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir did not record a rise in temperature.

At the same time, the residents had to leave their homes out of panic after a 6.5 magnitude earthquake hit Kashmir at 12.44 am which added to the already excruciating cold weather.

The Meteorological department stated that the temperature recorded was minus 3.2 in Srinagar. “It was minus 4.0 in Qazigund town, minus 4.4 in Pahalgam, minus 5.7 in Gulmarg and minus 3.0 in Kupwara town of the valley”, an official said. “The minimum temperatures were minus 10.1 and minus 9.0 respectively in Leh and Kargil towns of Ladakh region,” he added.

At the same time, the department officials said that isolated rain or snow is expected in Jammu and Kashmir in the next 24 hours. At the same time, Srinagar and Jammu cities are likely to expect a temperature of 4 and 16 degrees respectively.

The Chillai Kalan has led to the freezing of most water bodies including lakes, rivers, and streams. The weather is also posing difficultly for motorists and commuters. The weather condition is expected to end on January 31.