Gulmarg, upper reaches receive fresh snowfall, rain in plains

Gulmarg, upper reaches receive fresh snowfall, rain in plains

Srinagar, Nov 17: World famous skiing resort of Gulmarg and other higher reaches received fresh snowfall in the Kashmir valley, where plains, including summer capital, Srinagar, experienced rain resulting in further chill on Friday.
Leh was coldest after the minimum temperature recorded further drop and settled at minus 6.9 degree followed by border town of Kargil and Gulmarg minus 5.6 degree
Light rain or snow would occur at scattered places in the Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours, a Met department spokesman said.
However, he said the weather will remain dry during the subsequent two days in the state.
The famed ski resort of Gulmarg, 55 km from here in north Kashmir district of Baramulla, received several inches of fresh snowfall. It was snowing, much to the delight of tourists and traders associated with the tourism, a hotel owner said Friday afternoon.
He said upper reaches, including Kongdori, Khilanmarg and Affarwat, highest skiing point connected by Cable Car, received moderate snowfall during the past 24 hours. However, due to fresh snowfall the minimum temperature recorded more than a notch drop and settled at minus 5.6 degree, about six notches below normal.
The upper heights in the north Kashmir, including areas near the Line of Control (LoC), also received fresh snowfall. However, braving chill and other weather woes, security forces remained on high alert to foil any militant attempt to sneak into this side before infiltration routes are closed due to heavy snowfall. Several feet of snow was recorded at Razdan top and Dawar forcing authorities to suspend traffic on Bandipora-Gurez road on Friday. Similarly traffic on several far flung and remote areas was also cut off due to snow and slippery road conditions. The plains in north Kashmir received rain disrupting normal life.
The Amarnath cave shrine and its periphery also received fresh snowfall during the past 24 hours. Reports of snowfall were also received from Sheshnag, Mahaguns, Panjterni, Pisstop and Chandanwari on traditional yatra route from Pahalgam, where tree and roof tops besides roads and open fields had turned white due to snowfall. There was also snowfall in upper reaches in south Kashmir district of Kulgam and Shopian. The historic Mughal road, connecting Shopian and Rajouri and Poonch was also closed due to fresh snowfall and slippery road condition this afternoon.
There was also snowfall at Baltal, base camp of holy Amarnath cave from central Kashmir. Snowfall at Sonmarg and other places forced authorities to suspend traffic on the highway, linking Ladakh region with valley this morning. Upper reaches in Kangan and other areas in central Kashmir also received fresh snowfall.
Reports of snowfall were also received from upper reaches in central Kashmir district of Badgam, including Yusmarg.
Srinagar, the summer capital, received rains, ending the long dry spell though there was very light rain on November 15. However, there was no major improvement in the water level in river Jehlum which remained lowest in several decades.
Due to todays rain, road and open spaces turned wet for the first time after more than three months, resulting in considerable cold during the night. However, due to cloudy sky during the night, the minimum temperature recorded more than a notch improvement and settled at 2.9 degree, against yesterdays 1.1 degree.
Met spokesman said the sky would be generally cloudy with possibility of light rain in Srinagar during the next 24 hours when the minimum and maximum temperatures would be around 13 degree and 2 degree respectively.
Water bodies in the Ladakh region remained frozen due to below freezing point temperature. At Leh it was minus 6.5 degree while the border town of Kargil recorded minus 5.6 degree.
The sky would be partly cloudy and the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 11 degree and minus 6 degree respectively at Leh during the next 24 hours.
The sky would be partly cloudy and the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 25 degree and 11 degree respectively during the next 24 hours in winter capital, Jammu.