Sonamarg receives season’s first snowfall

Sonamarg receives season’s first snowfall
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Umar Raina

Srinagar, Nov 15: The higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir including Sonamarg, Zojila Pass, Meenmarg, Gumri, Gagangir, Gund,Kullan received the first snowfall of the season in the wee hours of Wednesday morning, bringing temperature down.
Sonamarg in Ganderbal district and its surrounding areas received this snowfall on Wednesday at around 3 am. Rainfall and lightening was also reported in Jammu region as well as Srinagar.
Zojila Pass received about 2-3 inches of snowfall. Traffic officials however said that despite mild snowfall at high altitude areas, the 434-km long Srinagar-Leh highway is open for traffic.
Affarwat peaks in Gulmarg in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district recorded three inches of fresh snowfall till 8:30 am this morning.
Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, and other areas in the plains across the valley received rains during the night, the spokesman said, adding the city recorded 2.2 mm of rainfall.
Owing to the overcast conditions, the minimum temperature at most of the places across the valley, except Gulmarg in north Kashmir, stayed above the freezing point.
The mercury in Gulmarg settled at a low of minus 3 degrees Celsius, three notches down from the previous night’s 0 degree Celsius, the spokesman said.
He said Srinagar registered the minimum temperature of 2.2 degrees Celsius, compared to 2.9 degrees Celsius the previous night.
While Kokernag in south Kashmir recorded a low of 2. 4 degrees Celsius, the mercury in nearby Qazigund settled at 2.1 degrees Celsius, the spokesman said.
He said Pahalgam, also in south Kashmir, registered a low of 1.8 degrees Celsius, a degree up from the previous night.
The mercury is Kupwara, in north Kashmir, settled at a low of 1.3 degrees Celsius, up from minus 0.7 degrees Celsius on the previous night, the spokesman said.
He said Leh, in Ladakh region of the state, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 2.7 degrees Celsius last night compared to minus 6.3 degrees Celsius the previous night.
Kargil was the coldest recorded place in the state as the mercury there settled at minus 5 degrees Celsius.
The MET Office has forecast scattered to fairly widespread rainfall from today till November 18.