Chilai Kalan, Kashmir’s 40-day harsh winter period begins

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SRINAGAR: Chilai Kalan, the 40-day harshest winter period, will start in Kashmir from Monday, even as Valley continues to remain in the grip of intense cold wave.

Chilai Kalan literally meaning the most severe period of winter, is the period when chances of snowfall and rains happen to be maximum and frequent.

In view of the frequent closure of the Srinagar-Jammu highway in Chilai-Kalan, people prefer to take dried vegetables consequent to shortage of essential commodities in the Valley.

Though Chillai Kalan ends at the end of January, it doesn’t mark the end of chill in Kashmir. Chillai Kalan is followed by a 20-day long ‘Chillai Khurd’ (small cold) and a 10-day-long ‘Chilla Bachha’ (baby cold).

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Meteorological Department officials here said the minimum temperatures rose by some degrees across Kashmir.

 Srinagar recorded the minimum of minus 0.3 degree Celsius, an increase of four degrees from the previous night’s low of minus 4.4 degrees Celsius, an official said.

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