Rains lash Kashmir parts, day temperature falls across Valley

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Srinagar, Nov 12: Parts of south and north Kashmir received rains on Monday even as weatherman forecast possibility of snow amid fall in day temperature across the Kashmir Valley including this summer capital of the state.
The capital city registered the maximum temperature of 13.1 degree Celsius, down from 14.3 degree Celsius yesterday, a meteorological department official said.
The famous skiing resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir registered a maximum of 3.3 degrees Celsius against 9.4 degrees Celsius on Sunday last. He said the resort was the coldest place in the Valley had had traces of rains and snow.
Pahalgam in south Kashmir, which serves as a base camp for the annual Amarnath Yatra, recorded a maximum of 6.3 against yesterday’s 12.5 degrees Celsius. It received rainfall of 5.2mm from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Kupwara, in north Kashmir, also received 5.2 mm of rain during the day and was third coldest place in the Valley, recording maximum of 7.2 against Sunday’s 14.2 degree Celsius.
Kokernag town in south Kashmir registered a maximum of 12.6 degree Celsius against 13.7 degrees Celsius on November 11, the official said.
He said Qazigund, the gateway town to Kashmir Valley, recorded day temperature of 16.2 degree Celsius, same as on Sunday.
He said there was the possibility of light to moderate rain/snow at most places in Kashmir and scattered places in Ladakh and Jammu region in next 24-hours.
Regarding the outlook for the subsequent two days, he said there is the possibility of “fairly widespread to widespread rain/snow” in Kashmir Valley. (GNS)
Meanwhile, the Srinagar-Kargil highway was closed for traffic on Monday after fresh snowfall in upper reaches of Ganderbal district, including Zojila pass on the highway.
Superintendent of police Traffic (Rural), Muzafar Ahmed Shah said that the highway has been closed for traffic as a precautionary measure due to fresh snowfall.
He said all the vehicles from Sonamarg crossed Zojila till 1pm today and that no vehicle was allowed from Kargil towards Srinagar.