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Kashmir Valley Shivers as 'Chillai Kalan' - Harshest Period of Winter - Sets In

India | News18 | December 21, 2020, 1:26 pm
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 Intense cold wave conditions lashed through Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as the harsh winter period of 'Chillai Kalan' started on Monday (December 21). (Image: Special Arrangement)
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Intense cold wave conditions lashed through Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh as the harsh winter period of 'Chillai Kalan' started on Monday (December 21). (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Long icicles hung from leaking taps and branches of trees presenting a kaleidoscopic view as the sun struggled its way through cloud covers. (Image: Special Arrangement)
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Long icicles hung from leaking taps and branches of trees presenting a kaleidoscopic view as the sun struggled its way through cloud covers. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Over this one month's time, night temperatures were expected to drop several notches below the freezing point while the maximum temperatures hover around 6-7 degrees Celsius in J&K and Ladakh. (Image: Special Arrangement)
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Over this one month's time, night temperatures were expected to drop several notches below the freezing point while the maximum temperatures hover around 6-7 degrees Celsius in J&K and Ladakh. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 At several areas, residents woke up to frozen taps. (Image: Special Arrangement)
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At several areas, residents woke up to frozen taps. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Many water bodies, including the Dal Lake, the Wullar Lake and others have frozen in parts, due to the extreme cold in the valley. (Image: Special Arrangement)
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Many water bodies, including the Dal Lake, the Wullar Lake and others have frozen in parts, due to the extreme cold in the valley. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Jammu city was at 5.8 degrees Celsius, Katra 7, Batote 3.3, Bannihal 1 and Bhaderwah minus 1.2 as the minimum temperature. (Image: Special Arrangement)
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Jammu city was at 5.8 degrees Celsius, Katra 7, Batote 3.3, Bannihal 1 and Bhaderwah minus 1.2 as the minimum temperature. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 For ecologists and environmental scientists, Chillai Kalan is a welcome period since snowfall during this period replenishes perennial water reservoirs in the Valley and Ladakh. (Image: Special Arrangement)
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For ecologists and environmental scientists, Chillai Kalan is a welcome period since snowfall during this period replenishes perennial water reservoirs in the Valley and Ladakh. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 The icicles formed during the current winter in Jammu and Kashmir. (Image: Special Arrangement)
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The icicles formed during the current winter in Jammu and Kashmir. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 The flow of rivers, streams, springs and lakes during hot summer months depends upon how bountiful has the snowfall been during this 40-day long period. (Image: Special Arrangement)
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The flow of rivers, streams, springs and lakes during hot summer months depends upon how bountiful has the snowfall been during this 40-day long period. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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"Weather is expected to remain cloudy in the valley with isolated light rain/snow at some places. No major rain/snowfall activity is expected till December 31," an official of the MET department said. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Srinagar was minus 4, Pahalgam minus 4.6 and Gulmarg minus 6.4 degrees Celsius. (Image: Special Arrangement)
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Srinagar was minus 4, Pahalgam minus 4.6 and Gulmarg minus 6.4 degrees Celsius. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 At several areas, residents woke up to frozen taps. (Image: Special Arrangement)
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At several areas, residents woke up to frozen taps. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 Leh town of Ladakh was minus 14.6, Kargil minus 20 and Drass minus 20.5. (Image: Special Arrangement)
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Leh town of Ladakh was minus 14.6, Kargil minus 20 and Drass minus 20.5. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 The icicles formed during the current winter in Jammu and Kashmir. (Image: Special Arrangement)
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The icicles formed during the current winter in Jammu and Kashmir. (Image: Special Arrangement)

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 At several areas, residents woke up to frozen taps. (Image: Special Arrangement)
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At several areas, residents woke up to frozen taps. (Image: Special Arrangement)

  • First Published: December 21, 2020, 12:26 pm

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