‘Chillai kalaan’ begins with snowfall in upper reaches
Srinagar, Dec 21:
“Chillai-Kalan”, the 40-day period of harshest winter in Kashmir,
began on Saturday with the upper reaches of the valley receiving snowfall,
Meteorological Department officials said.
These 40 days are
when the chances of snowfall are the highest and the maximum temperature drops
began on a wet note as the upper reaches of the valley received snowfall. The
snowfall began early on Friday and continued through the night, the officials
The ski resort of
Gulmarg in north Kashmir received 5 cm of snowfall and the mercury settled at a
low of minus 9.6 degrees Celsius last night, they said.
serves as one of the base camps for the annual Amarnath Yatra in south Kashmir,
received 21 cm of snowfall and recorded a minimum temperature of minus 3
Qazigund in south
Kashmir received 38.5 cm of snowfall and the mercury settled at a low of minus
zero degrees Celsius.
There are reports
of other areas in the upper reaches of the valley receiving snowfall, the MeT
The weather in
most plains, including Srinagar, remained largely dry during the night after
fresh snowfall earlier in the day on Friday, it said.
The city recorded
a low of minus 0.4 degree Celsius last night, it added.
Leh district of
Ladakh recorded a low of minus 9.5 degrees Celsius on Friday night, while Drass
registered a low of minus 6 degrees Celsius, the officials said.
The MeT office
has forecast mainly dry weather for the week ahead.
will end on January 31. The cold wave, however, continues even after that in
Kashmir with a 20-day-long ”Chillai-Khurd” (small cold) and a 10-day-long
”Chillai-Bachha” (baby cold).