Intermittent rain continues in plains; upper reaches receive fresh snow in Kashmir

Srinagar, Apr 19: The upper reaches in world famous ski resort of Gulmarg and other heights in the valley received fresh snow while intermittent rain continued for the fourth successive day in the pains in Kashmir.
However, the night temperature witnessed slight improvement due to overcast conditions while the mercury during the day remained below normal in Kashmir, where wet weather is predicted during the next three days.
A Met department spokesperson said that light rain and thundershowers would occur during the next 24 hours in Kashmir valley under the influence of a Western Disturbance (WD), which is active in the region. “Moderate rain and thundershowers would occur at many places during the subsequent two days from Friday,” he said.
He said the weather will improve from Saturday onwards.
Moderate to heavy intermittent rain continued in Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, since Monday, resulting in dip day temperatures. “Kongdori and Apharwat, the highest point of the cable car project in Gulmarg, received light snowfall while main Gulmarg received intermittent rain since early Monday,” a hotelier said.
However, he said despite wet weather, tourists and adventure lovers could be seen in long queues awaiting their turn to enjoy Gondola Cable Car ride to Apharwat, the highest point of the cable car project. The night temperature remained constant in Gulmarg since Wednesday at 0.5 degree, which is about 2 degree below normal.
After witnessing incessant rain during the night, people woke up to a warm and sunny Thursday morning in the summer capital, Srinagar. However, as the day progressed, the weather turned overcast with light intermittent rain in the summer capital, resulting in dip in the day temperature.
Meanwhile, the mercury during the night in Srinagar dipped and settled at 8.2 degree, against 8.9 degree recorded on Wednesday. On Wednesday, the maximum temperature recorded in the summer capital was 3 degree below normal. “Moderate to rather heavy rain and thundershowers would occur during the next 24 hours in Srinagar, where maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 12 degree and 8 degree, respectively,” he said.
World famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 from here in south Kashmir, also received intermittent rain since late last night, resulting in further dip in the maximum temperature, remained below normal. But, the night temperature at the health resort improved about 2 degree from Wednesday and settled at 5.7 degrees, which is about 2 degree above normal.
However, the upper reaches in Pahalgam, including Chandanwari, the last motorable halting station for Amarnath cave shrine on traditional yatra route, received light snowfall. Amarnath cave shine and its periphery besides Sheshnag, Mahagung, Pisso top and Panjterni also received fresh snowfall.
Rain also lashed Qazigund, gateway to the valley, Kupwara in north Kashmir and tourist resort of Kukernag, resulting in dip in the maximum temperature. But, the mercury during the night at these places improved due to overcast conditions and settled at 8.4 degrees, 6.7 degrees and 7.4 degrees, respectively.
Zojila, Zero point and Meenmarg on Srinagar-Leh national highway also received fresh snowfall in the morning.
The night temperature at border towns of Kargil and Leh aslo improved and settled at 2.6 degree and 6.1 degree, respectively. “Very light rain or snow would occur during the next 24 hours in Leh, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 16 degree and 6 degree, respectively.