A severe cold wave swept across the Kashmir Valley and Ladakh region on Saturday as the temperatures dipped to minus 15.8 degrees Celsius at Leh.
The 40-day long harsh winter period of Chillai Kalan started on Friday and will continue till January 30, Minimum temperature dropped several degrees below the freezing point.
The temperatures recorded across the valley also dropped down. In Srinagar city it was minus 5.4, in Pahalgam minus 7.4 and in Gulmarg minus 6 degrees Celsius.
Jammu city was at 3.9, Katra 5.8, Batote 1.3, Bannihal 0.7 and Bhaderwah minus 0.6 degrees Celsius.