Srinagar, Jan 11 : Ahead of forecast for fresh snowfall from Sunday, major portion of the world famous Dal Lake and other water bodies besides water on roads, in taps and drains were frozen in the Kashmir valley, where minimum temperature witnessed a dip at most places on Saturday.
People continued to shiver in the Union Territory (UT) Ladakh, which remained cut off due to closure of the Srinagar-Leh national highway for the past more than a month. All water bodies in the region also remained frozen, badly hitting the power generation in local projects.
Border town of Drass remained coldest at minus 29.1 degree and Leh minus 18.2 degree. He said there could be light snow and the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 0 degree and minus 12 degree respectively in Leh during the next 24 hours. A Met department spokesman said this afternoon that a Western Disturbance (WD), originating in Arabian sea has arrived in the region through Afghanistan and Pakistan.
The WD will remain active in the Jammu and Kashmir which could result in rain and snowfall during the next 48 hours. "The upper reaches could receive fresh snowfall since Saturday evening," he said, adding that the fresh snowfall due to present system could affect air and surface traffic. Major portion of the Dal Lake were frozen on Saturday, when summer capital, Srinagar, recorded minus 5 degree, over three notches colder than yesterday when the minimum temperature was minus 1.9 degree. The coldest night of the season was minus 5.6 degree so far.
Parts of the Lake remained frozen due to sever cold as sky was cloudy and icy cold winds also continued. Shikarawalas were finding it difficult to move forward in the interior of the Dal. The Lake, one of the major tourist attraction in the city, was completely frozen in 1965 when then rulers drove a jeep on the frozen surface of the water body from one to another end. Qazigund, gateway of Kashmir on Srinagar-Jammu national highway, where only stranded vehicles are 7 degree at Kokernag, a tourist spot in south Kashmir. Kupwara in north Kashmir recorded minus 6.3 degree minimum temperature against yesterdays minus 6.1 degree. (UNI)