Srinagar, Feb 12: Kashmir Valley, including summer capital, Srinagar, received fresh moderate to heavy snow since late on Sunday night, resulting in considerable dip in the maximum temperature.
The power supply, air and surface traffic had been affected in the valley due to snowfall though it ended the long dry spell.
Meanwhile, the night temperature improved and settled above normal at majority of the places in the Valley, where light snowfall is predicted at most places in the state during the next 48 hours.
A Met department said that light snow and rain would occur at most places in the valley during the next 48 hours.
The border town of Kargil was the coldest place in the region at minus 14 degree, followed by Leh, where the mercury dipped a degree and settled at minus 11.3 degree.
Much to the delight of skiers and tourists, the ski slopes at world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, 55 km from here in north Kashmir, received fresh snowfall since late last night. Even though world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, which attracts skiers, tourists and adventure lovers from all over the Globe because of its ski slopes during winter season, witnessed some improvement in the night temperature, it was still the coldest place in Kashmir valley. Against minus 5 degree recorded on Sunday, the night temperature at Gulmarg was minus 4.6 degree, which is about 2 degree above normal. Upper reaches, including Kongdori, Khilanmarg and Affarwat, highest skiing point connected by Cable Car, received moderate snowfall since last night.
The summer capital, Srinagar and its outskirts received snowfall on Monday morning, ending the dry spell which had resulted in drop in the water level in water bodies. Roof and tree tops besides open spaces and roads had turned white as it snowed on Monday morning in Srinagar, where night temperature improved about 2 degree from Sunday and settled at 0 degree.
However, people are facing hardships due to slippery road conditions following accumulation of snow and waterlogging in Srinagar, which is witnessing frequent power cuts.
A Divisional Administration spokesperson said that a fresh WD, which hit the region on Sunday night will remain active till Tuesday. “Under the influence of this system, moderate to heavy rain or snow is expected at widespread places of Jammu, Kashmir and moderate snowfall in Ladakh, mainly Kargil district,” he said.
He said higher reaches of Kashmir and Jammu most likely to receive moderate to heavy rain or snow.
World famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, received snow since later last night, though the night temperature improved over 4 degree from Sunday and settled at minus 0.1 degree, about 5 degree above normal.
The upper reaches in Pahalgam, including Chandanwari, the last motorable halting station for Amarnath cave shrine on traditional yatra route, received fresh light to moderate snowfall. Amarnath cave shine and its periphery besides Sheshnag, Mahagung, Pisso top and Panjterni also received moderate to heavy snowfall.
Another health resort of Sonmarg on Srinagar-Leh national highway, closed due to accumulation of snow, also received fresh snowfall since late last night, resulting in chilly weather conditions. Baltal, base camp of Amarnath yatra from the shortest yatra route, also received fresh snowfall.
Qazignd, gateway to the valley, tourist resort of Kukernag also received fresh snowfall, resulting in improvement in the night temperature.
The upper reaches in north Kashmir, including Keran, Karnah, Machil, Neeru and Sadhna and Razdan passes also received fresh snowfall.
The national highway, connecting Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, besides roads linking dozens of villages, including those near the Line of Control (LoC) with their respective district headquarters, have been closed on Monday following fresh snowfall and slippery road conditions.