Kashmir receives fresh snowfall

Kashmir receives fresh snowfall

Srinagar, Jan 11: World famous ski resort of Gulmarg and other parts of Kashmir valley, including tourist resorts of Pahalgam and Sonmarg, received fresh snowfall on Friday.
However, the minimum temperature improved considerable at most places due to overcast conditions and settled above normal across Kashmir valley, including the summer capital, which received light snowfall till Friday morning from Thursday evening.
The cycle of wet weather and prediction of more snowfall has brought cheers to the hoteliers and other players of tourism industry as it will help in increasing the footfall of tourists in Kashmir valley.
A Met department spokesperson said that light to moderate rain and snow would occur during the next 24 hours at most places while heavy snowfall will recorded at some places in the valley. “The weather will remain wet till Sunday under the influence of a Western Disturbance (WD), which is action in the region,” he said.
Gulmarg, where the ski slopes are under several feet of snow, received fresh snowfall since Thursday evening, much to the delight of skiers and tourists. The night temperature in the ski resort improved about a degree from Thursday and settled at minus 7.5 degree, which is slightly above normal.
Meanwhile, sophisticated machines were pressed into service and about four inches of snow accumulated on the Tangmarg-Gumarg road was cleared to make the ski resort, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, accessible to tourists.
“Tourists are having a time of their life as the ski resort received intermittent snowfall since last evening till Friday morning. Sun appeared for a brief time in the afternoon on Friday, but it is again snowing now,” a hotelier said over the phone.
World famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 from here in south Kashmir, also received fresh snowfall since late last night, resulting in considerable improvement in the minimum temperature. Against minus 11.4 degree recorded on Thursday, the night temperature in Pahalgam was minus 3 degree, which is about four 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 fresh snowfall.
Another health resort of Sonmarg on Srinagar-Leh national highway also received fresh snowfall since late last night. Baltal, base camp of Amarnath yatra from the shortest yatra route, also received fresh snowfall. Fresh snowfall was also received at Zojila, Zero-point, Meenmarg and other places on Srinagar-Leh national highway, which connects Ladakh region with Kashmir valley. The highway remained closed due to accumulation of several feet of snow at various places from over a month.
After witnessing a slight dip in the night temperature, people woke up to a snowy Friday morning in Srinagar. The summer capital had turned milky white last evening after receiving fresh light intermittent snowfall, which continued till early Friday morning. As the day progressed, sun appeared for a brief time but intense chilly weather continued due to ice cold winds. Against minus 0.3 degree recorded on Thursday, the night temperature in Srinagar was 1 degree, which is still about a degree above normal.
The Spokesperson said light to moderate rain or snow would occur during the next 24 hours in Srinagar, where the maximum and minimum temperatures would remain around 2 degrees and zero degrees, respectively.
The border town of Drass was the coldest place in the region at minus 15.2 degree, followed by Leh, where the mercury improved about 6 degree from Thursday and settled at minus 9.5 degree.
He said light snow would occur during the next 24 hours in Leh, where the maximum and minimum temperatures would remain around 2 degrees and minus 10 degrees, respectively.
Meanwhile, dozens of far-flung and remote villages near the Line of Control (LoC) — including border towns of Keran, Tangdhar, Karnah and Gurez — were on Friday cut off from their respective district headquarters due to fresh snowfall and slippery road conditions in north Kashmir.
The mercury at Qazigund, gateway to the valley, Kupwara in north Kashmir, and tourist resort of Kokernag settled at minus 1.2 degree, 0.6 degree, and minus 2.2 degree, respectively. Srinagar-Jammu national highway, which connects Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, was also closed due to due to accumulation of about ten inches of fresh snowfall on both sides of the Jawahar tunnel, Banihal and Shaitan Nallah.

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