J&K Reels Under Intense Cold, Snow And Rains Continue

19 January 2009
The Hindu

Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir continue to shiver under intense cold as snow coupled with rains lashed most parts of the State for the fourth successive day on Monday. Hill resort of Pahalgam in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 2.9 degrees Celsius, while Kupwara in north Kashmir and Banihal on Srinagar-Jammu national highway recorded minus 0.5 and minus 1.2 degrees Celsius respectively, MET office said. Due to incessant rains, the mercury which had shown upward trend in Jammu, winter capital of the State, for the past couple of days again noose dived to 8.9 degrees Celsius. The minimum temperature in Jammu last night was 12.1 C while it stood at 12.4 on January 17. Katra, the base camp of Mata Vaishnodevi temple, also registered a decrease in the night temperature as mercury dipped to 8.6 following 34.4 mm of rains. Srinagar, which received 15.8 mm of rain in the morning, recorded a low of 0.2 degrees Celsius, while Kokernag recorded a low of 0.6 with 32.4 mm of rains and snow. Official sources said higher reaches of Shopian and Anantnag district received heavy snowfall for the past four days.