With temperature dipping considerably in the cold desert of Ladakh, most mountain lakes and rivers have started freezing there.

Recording minus 19.5 degrees Celsius, Drass in Kargil was the coldest place in Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday. The town remained virtually frozen as even the maximum temperature in the town remained below freezing point.

Leh recorded minus 10 degrees Celsius and Kargil minus 14.2 degrees Celsius.

However, despite an unabated cold wave, a White Christmas eluded the hill state this year. The weather department has predicted dry weather till the new year.

Srinagar recorded minus 5.5 degrees Celsius whereas the tourist spot of Pahalgam had minus 7.7 degrees Celsius followed by minus 7.6 degrees Celsius.

The Jammu region was also witnessing a cold wave with minus 2.2 degrees Celsius at Bhaderwah.

The Vaishnodevi shrine area was also in the grip of cold wave.