"We are expecting rain in the plains and snowfall in the higher reaches of the valley Dec 22-23," a weather official told IANS in Srinagar.
"The night temperature has improved after more than a week though it continues to remain below the freezing point in the valley and Ladakh region," he said.
The minimum temperature rose to minus 1.8 in Srinagar Sunday against minus 4.4 Saturday.
The minimum temperature was minus 2.8 degrees Celsius in Gulmarg, minus 2.4 degrees in Pahalgam, minus 6 degrees in Leh and minus 9.6 degrees Celsius in Kargil town, he said.
The 40-day period of harsh winter known as 'Chilla Kalan' started in Srinagar today and will end Jan 31.
During the period, Kashmiris have to brave bitter cold. Even the maximum temperature hovers around zero degrees Celsius.