Upper reaches receive snowfall, rains lash plains in Kashmir

Upper reaches receive snowfall, rains lash plains in Kashmir
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Srinagar, Jan 21: World famous ski resort of Gumarg and other upper reaches received fresh snowfall while rain lashed plains in Kashmir valley, including summer capital, Srinagar, resulting in dip in the maximum temperature.
However, the night temperature improved at majority of the places in the valley and settled several degrees above normal due to overcast conditions.
A Met department spokesperson said that widespread moderate rain and snow would occur during the next 48 hours in Kashmir valley under the influence of a Western Disturbance (WD), which is active in the region. “The weather will remain wet till Saturday under the influence of this WD, which originated from the Arabian Sea and entered the region though Afghanistan and Pakistan,” he added.
He said the weather will improve from Sunday onwards.
Much to the delight of skiers and tourists, the ski slopes at the world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, received fresh snowfall since early this morning, resulting in dip in the maximum temperature.
“Gulmarg received fresh snow for about an hour last night and then weather cloudy overnight. It again started to snow since early this morning in the ski resort, where tourists are enjoying various snow related activities, including skiing,” a hotelier said over the phone.
He said the traffic on Tangmarg-Gulmarg road was suspended due to moderate snowfall. “Machines and men have been pressed into service to put through the road for traffic to the ski resort,” he added.
He said Kongdori and Apharwat, the highest point of the cable car project in Gulmarg, also received light to moderate snowfall. The night temperature at the ski resort improved and settled at minus 4 degree, against minus 4.6 degree recorded on Sunday. The temperature was about 4 degree above normal.
Meanwhile, world famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 from here in south Kashmir, received fresh snowfall since early this morning, resulting in further dip in the day temperature. Against minus 3 degree recorded on Sunday, the night temperature at Pahalgam was 0.2 degree, which is 7 degree above normal.
The upper reaches in Pahalgam, including Chandanwari, the last motorable halting station for Amarnath cave shrine on the traditional yatra route, also 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 also received fresh snowfall early this morning. 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 two months.
Life was again affected due to moderate rain since early this morning in the summer capital, Srinagar, where most of the roads were waterlogged. Less number of vehicles were plying on the city roads in view of rain and wet and chilly weather. However, the night temperature in Srinagar remained constant since Sunday at minus 0.3 degree, which is about 2 degree above normal.
The Met spokesperson said that moderate rain and snow would occur during the next 24 hours in Srinagar, where maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 3 degree and minus 1 degree, respectively.
The border town of Kargil was the coldest place in the region at minus 14 degree, followed by Leh, where the mercury improved about 4 degree from Sunday and settled at minus 5.6 degree.
He said that light snow would occur during the next 24 hours in Leh, where maximum and minimum temperatures would be around minus 4 degree and minus 8 degree, respectively.
The mercury at Qazigund, gateway to the valley, Kupwara in north Kashmir, and tourist resort of Kokernag settled at 0.6 degree, minus 0.6 degree, and minus 0.3 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 snow on both sides of the Jawahar tunnel, Banihal and Shaitan Nallah.