Severe cold wave in Kashmir Valley, Ladakh freezes

A truck moves on the Kashmir highway after snowfall in early January 2017.

Severe cold wave continued in the Kashmir Valley on Tuesday as the Ladakh region remained literally frozen with Kargil recording minus 15.4 and Leh minus 13.2 as the minimum temperatures.

Early morning fog impeded traffic movement here in Jammu and Kashmir as the valley braced for the 40-day long period of harsh winter beginning on December 21.

This period is known as the “Chillai Kalan” and heavy snowfall in the hills during this period replenishes the water reservoirs of the valley. It sustains the valley’s water bodies during the summer months.

The minimum temperature was minus 3.6 in Srinagar, minus 7 in Pahalgam and minus 4.6 in Gulmarg, the Met said.

While in the Jammu region, the minimum temperature was 8 in Jammu city, 1.1 in Katra town, 5.3 in Batote, 1.7 in Bannihal, 1.8 in Bhaderwah and 8 in Udhampur.