Srinagar, Jan 30: The 40-day harshest winter period in Kashmir, known in the local parlance as ‘Chillai-Kalan’, will come to an on Thursday.
The ‘Chillai-Kalan’ period will end on January 31, but the cold wave continues even after that across Kashmir. It will be followed by a 20-day ‘Chillai-Khurd’ (small cold) and a 10-day long ‘Chillai-Bachha’ (baby cold).
The time Chillai Kalan period witnessed sufficient snowfall and extreme cold. The severe weather conditions caused great inconvenience to people mostly to traders and commuters. Authorities closed down Srinagar-Jammu Highway for at least 13 times during the period of Chillai Kalan.
The water bodies across Kashmir froze due to harsh conditions while people faced shortage of drinking water as the water pipes, water bodies and taps kept on freezing during the Chillai Kalan period. This time, the world famous Dal Lake also froze a couple of times.
Due to heavy snowfall in Gulmarg, a large number of tourists visited ski-resort.
As cold wave conditions continue to prevail in the Valley and Ladakh region the minimum temperature settled several notches below the freezing point.
The officials said while the weather remained erratic across Kashmir, temperatures dipped at most places last night and settled several notches below the freezing point.
The minimum temperature last night was also couple of points below the normal for this part of the season in the Valley, they said.
The MET office has forecast light snowfall till Thursday evening.