The huge spread of snow partially clouds the views of some houses.
Sakeena Banday, Gulf Today
The Kashmir Valley has begun receiving snowfall, which will definitely give a fillip to the tourism industry in the region.
The 40-day long period of harsh winter cold, locally known as the 'Chillai Kalan', will end on January 31.
The biting cold of 'Chillai Kalan' starts from December 21.
A fresh spell of snowfall with strong icy winds rocked Kashmir on Sunday.
The fresh bout brought cheer to winter sports lovers and tourists.
When there is snow around, a snow fight is bound to happen, no matter what your age or even building a snowman.
The weather office has forecast widespread snowfall in many areas of the valley on Sunday and Monday with heavy snowfall at isolated places.
Traffic on the Srinagar-Jammu highway has been halted because of snow accumulation in the Jawahar Tunnel sector of the highway.
As the night sky remained overcast, minimum temperatures improved throughout J&K and Ladakh.
Srinagar had minus 1.5˚C, Pahalgam also had minus 1.5˚C while Gulmarg had minus 5˚C as the minimum temperature.
Leh town of Ladakh had minus 12.7˚C, Kargil minus 16.6˚C and Drass minus 22.4˚C as the night's lowest temperature.
Jammu city had 11.7˚C, Katra 9.5˚C, Batote 1.5˚C, Banihal 0.5˚C and Bhaderwah 0.6˚C as the minimum temperatures.
Kashmir is a wonderful idea to visit, especially for those wishing to experience teeth chattering temperatures and snow for the first time.
Tourist spots like Pahalgam, Sonamarg and Gulmarg promise a lot of fun in the snow and ensure you fly home with snowcapped memories imprinted in your mind’s eye.
Light snowfall in Kashmir Valley and dense fog in Jammu division disrupted the air traffic on Saturday morning. The authorities meanwhile said the strategic Jammu-Srinagar highway is open for stranded vehicles only.
Srinagar city recorded its coldest night on Thursday as the minimum temperature plummeted to minus 8.4 degrees Celsius, a record broken after 25 years.
Police sources said two masked militants in a car attacked a joint party of local police and the CRPF in K.P.Road area of Anantnag.
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