Kashmir’s harshest winter period ‘Chilla-i-Kalan’ starts

The harshest winter period in Kashmir begins with 'Chilla-i-Kalan'

Temperatures in Kashmir dropped below freezing on Tuesday, a day earlier.
in Tchilla-i-Kala, the hardest winter period of 40 days. During this period a cold wave sweeps the region, causing the freezing of water bodies, including the famous Dal Lake, as well as water supply lines when the temperature drops sharply.

On Wednesday, the mercury in the valley dipped several notches below freezing at several places, including Pahalgam, which recorded the lowest overnight temperature at 6.2 degrees Celsius, according to officials.

If reports are to go by, several parts of Kashmir witnessed some of the coldest nights of the season so far. The Dal Lake froze, as did the tap water, officials said.

Srinagar recently saw the minimum temperature drop by 4.2 degrees Celsius, while the famous ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district recorded a minus of 4.6 degrees Celsius.

Also, north Kashmir’s Kupwara saw the mercury drop to minus 4.4 degrees Celsius, Qazigund minus 4.2 degrees Celsius and Kokernag minus 2.4 degrees Celsius.

If reports from the meteorological department are to go by, the dry weather in Jammu and Kashmir is likely to continue till December 24.

The weatherman also predicted that there is a possibility of rain or light snowfall in some parts of Kashmir around Christmas. There is also a maximum possibility of snowfall during this period, and in most areas, especially in the high watercourses, there will be heavy snowfall.

Tchillai-Kalan It will continue till the end of January, although the cold wave will continue even after Kashmir for 20 days
Chillai-Khurd (small cold), and 10 days
Chilli-Bachha (cold baby).

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