Srinagar, Jan 31 : Intermittent snowfall continued for the second successive day on Thursday in the valley, including world famous ski resort of Gulmarg and Srinagar, resulting in chilly weather conditions during the day even as 'Chillai-Kalan', the 40-day harshest period of winter in Kashmir, ended on Wednesday.
However, the night temperature remained above normal due to overcast conditions across Kashmir valley, where more snow is predicted during the next 24 hours.
The widespread light to heavy rain and snow would occur during the next 24 hours in Kashmir valley under the influence of a Western Disturbance (WD), which is active in the region, a Met department Spokesperson told UNI.
'The weather is expected to remain wet till January 5,' he added.
Meanwhile, authorities have issued a weather warning in avalanche prone areas in Kashmir division, including Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Ganderbal, Kargil and Leh, during the next 24 hours.
Gulmarg received intermittent snowfall since Wednesday. The night temperature in the ski resort improved 1. 5 degree Celsius from Wednesday and settled at minus 6 degrees, which is about a degrees above normal.
Sophisticated machines were pressed into service and about three to four inches of snow accumulated on the Tangmarg-Gumarg road was cleared to make the ski resort accessible to tourists.
The cycle of wet weather and prediction of more snowfall has brought cheers to the hoteliers and other players of tourism industry as it will help in increasing the footfall of tourists in Kashmir valley, particularly in Gulmarg, which is a world class winter destination.
'Tourists are having a time of their life as the ski resort received intermittent snowfall since Wednesday morning. It didn’t snow during the night, but since morning it has been snowing,” a hotelier told UNI over the phone.
However, he said despite chilly weather conditions, tourists are enjoying different snow activities, including skiing. The ski resort was the only place in the valley, where the maximum temperature was two degrees below freezing point.
World famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 from here in south Kashmir, also received fresh snowfall since Wednesday, resulting in dip in the day temperature. However, the night temperature improved further and settled at minus 2.7 degrees, against minus 3.3 degrees recorded on Wednesday. The night temperature at the health resort was about three degrees above normal. (UNI)