Srinagar: Overnight snowfall in the higher reaches of surrounding mountains set off cold winds in the the Kashmir Valley Saturday, bringing down temperatures and promising a cold winter ahead, an official said.
In Srinagar, the minimum temperature was recorded at 9.7 degrees Celsius.
In Qazigund, the mercury slipped to 9.2 degrees, 6 in south Kashmirâ€™s Pahalgam hill station, 1.4 in north Kashmirâ€™s Gulmarg ski resort and 9.4 in south Kashmirâ€™s Kokernag.
â€˜The minimum temperature in Gulmarg is two degrees below average because of the snowfall,â€™ said an official of the local weather office here.
The very sight of the snow-clad mountain tops made some locals take out their winter clothes.
â€˜I have started wearing the â€˜Pherenâ€™ (tweed over-garment) and children are already switching over to the woollens,â€™ said Abdul Majid, 54.
â€˜The first snowfall on the mountains indicate the soothing heat of autumn is now short-lived,â€™ said the resident of north Kashmirâ€™s Ganderbal district.