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Fresh snowfall in parts of Kashmir breaks cold wave, highway shut

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Srinagar: Fresh snowfall lashed parts of Kashmir on Wednesday leading breaking the cold wave sweeping the Valley as the minimum temperatures rose above the freezing point.

Weather officials said that fresh snowfall occurred everywhere in the Valley except capital city Srinagar which received light rains.

Higher reaches including Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonamarg, Pir Panchal mountain range and other places received moderate snowfall on Wednesday.

The Srinagar-Jammu Highway was closed due to snowfall and slippery road conditions in Banihal sector.

Valley’s perennial water reservoirs get replenished by snowfall during the ongoing 40-day-long period of harsh winter cold called the ‘Chillai Kalan’. These water reservoirs sustain Kashmir’s rivers, streams, lakes and springs during the summer months.

The MeT Office said another spell of snowfall is likely in the Valley beginning January 4.

The minimum temperature was 5.2 degrees Celsius in Srinagar while it was 4.9 degrees in Pahalgam and 2.6 degrees in Gulmarg.

Leh recorded minus 12.4 degree Celsius and Kargil minus 17 degree as the minimum temperatures.

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