40-day long period of frost and snow, Chillai Kalan arrives in Valley

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Jammu, December 21:

Entire Kashmir Valley has been engulfed by biting cold as 40-day long period of chill, ‘Chillai Kalan’ hit Valley on Wednesday. It is considered as harshest period of winter romantised by the poets for centuries in folklore.

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On day first, Srinagar froze at -6.5 Degree Celsius, coldest so far this season which resulted in freezing of water bodies including world famous Dal Lake at several places. ‘Chillai Kalan’ is the period when the chances of snowfall are maximum and the most frequent as well.

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“The day temperature in Srinagar was recorded 9.9 degrees and it will get further cold in coming days”, said a MET official. While many Srinagar residents saw that the water stored in tanks at top their houses was also froze due to intense cold overnight”,

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Snowfall and rains during the winter usually leaves Valley cut off from the rest of the country as the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, the only road linking Kashmir to other parts of the country gets blocked at several places.

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Towards the end of January, the Chillai Kalan comes to an end but that does not mark the end of chill in Kashmir. It is followed by a 20-day long ‘Chillai Khurd’ (small cold) and a 10-day-long ‘Chilla Bachha’ (baby cold).

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