The 40-day harshest winter period in Kashmir, known as Chillai Kalan commences while the night temperature across the Valley dips several degrees below the freezing point.
Srinagar recorded minimum temperature of minus 4.3 degrees celsius, while Pahalgam freezes at minus 5.8 Degrees Celsius and tourist resort Gulmarg at minus 3.0 degrees celsius.
Chillai Kalan is a 40-day period when Kashmir faces its harshest winter. This period begins on 21 December and ends on 30 January of the next year. It is followed by a 20-day long Chillai-Khurd (small cold) that occurs between January 31 and February 19 and a 10-day long Chillai-Bachha (baby cold) which begins from February 20 to March 2.
Pertinently, Chillai Kalan is a Persian word which means “Major Cold”.
Amidst the bone-chilling cold, the weatherman here has predicted dry weather conditions till December 28.
The weather is expected to remain generally dry till December 22nd while generally cloudy with possibility of light snow over isolated higher reaches is expected on December 23.
Furthermore, from December 24-28, the weather is expected to remain generally dry, adding that overall no significant weather activity is expected till December 28, the weatherman had predicted.
Moreover, Jammu & Kashmir in general has recorded excess precipitation from 01 October 2023 to 20 December, 2023.
However, scores of areas have received normal precipitation during the period which includes Srinagar, Anantnag, Budgam, Baramulla, Ganderbal, Kulgam and Pulwama.
According to the data prepared by local Meteorological department, twin stations including Kupwara and Bandipora have recorded a deficient rainfall while Shopian district has recorded large deficient rainfall during the same period.