Snowfall continues in upper reaches

Snowfall continues in upper reaches
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Srinagar, Mar 4: Intermittent snowfall continued for the third successive day on Sunday in upper reaches, including world famous ski resort of Gulmarg and health resort of Pahalgam, though sun played hide and seek in the plains in Kashmir.
Meanwhile, the night temperature witnessed some improvement and settled above normal at some places in the valley, while the mercury surged slightly as sun played hide and seek in the valley.
A Met department spokesperson said that rain and snow would occur at isolated places during the next 24 hours in the state. However, he said the weather will start to improve from Monday.
Gulmarg, where ski slopes are under several feet of snow, received fresh snow on Sunday morning much to the delight of skiers and tourists. “Fresh snow occurred in the morning in Gulmarg, about 55 km from here on north Kashmir. The weather right now is chilly due to overcast conditions, but, skiers, including foreigners, are out on snow-bound slopes,” a hotelier said.
The night temperature in the ski resort, which was colder than border towns of Kargil and Leh, dipped 2 degree from Saturday and settled at minus 5.6 degree, which is a degree below normal. The upper reaches, including Kongdori and Affarwat, the highest skiing point, connected by Cable Car from the base camp, received moderate to heavy snowfall during the past 24 hours.
It was snowing at the world famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 from here in south Kashmir, resulting in further dip in the day temperature. Against 0.3 degree recorded on Saturday, the night temperature at Pahalgam was 2.3 degree, which is about 3 degree above normal.
The upper reaches in Pahalgam, including Chandanwari, the last motorable halting station for Amarnath cave shrine on the 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.
The night temperature at both the border towns of Ladakh — Kargil and Leh — improved due to overcast conditions and settled at minus 4.6 degree and minus 2.2 degree, respectively.
After receiving intermittent rain overnight, people woke up to a chilly Sunday morning due to ice cold winds in the summer capital, Srinagar. However, as the day progressed sun came out much to the delight of the people. But, the sun played hide and seek in the evening. The night temperature at Srinagar improved and settled at 4.7 degree, against 4.5 degree on Saturday. The temperature in Srinagar was 3 degree above normal.
The night temperature at Kupwara in north Kashmir and tourist resort of Kokernag improved and settled at 3.3 degree and 3.1 degree, respectively.