Weather improves in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Feb 8: After witnessing rain and snow during the last two days, there was some respite from chilly weather conditions as bright sunshine greeted people on Friday, though ice cold winds continued in world famous ski resort of Gulmarg and other parts of Kashmir valley.
Meanwhile, the night temperature remained above normal due to overcast conditions at most places in the valley, where another spell of snow is predicted from Monday onwards.
A Met department spokesperson said that light rain and snow would occur at isolated places during the next 24 hours in the valley. “The weather will remain dry on Saturday,” he added.
However, he said a fresh Western Disturbance (WD), which originated from the Arabian Sea and is approaching through Afghanistan and Pakistan, will hit the region on Sunday evening. “Under the influence of this WD, snow and rain would occur in the valley for the subsequent four days from Monday,” he said.
The border town of Kargil was the coldest place in the region at minus 16.6 degrees. The night temperature in the neighbouring Leh, dipped about 3 degree from Thursday and settled at minus 6.5 degree.
He said skies will be mainly clear to partly cloudy during the next 24 hours in Leh, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 2 degree and minus 7 degree, respectively.
Much to the delight of the tourists, bright sunshine greeted them at the world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, where the night temperature dipped over 4 degree from Thursday and settled at minus 7.5 degrees, which is about a degree below normal.
Gulmarg, where ski slopes are covered under several feet snow, received about two feet of fresh snow from Wednesday till Thursday night. The ski resort was the only place in the valley where the maximum temperature was 1.5 degrees below freezing point on Friday. “Tourist are enjoying various snow related activities, including skiing, on a sunny Friday in Gulmarg,” a hotelier said.
The night temperature in world famous tourist resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, dipped about 4 degrees from Thursday and settled at minus 4.3 degrees, which is about still two degree above normal. However, there was some respite from chilly weather conditions during the day as it was a sunny Friday at the health resort, which also received about two feet of fresh snow since the last two days.
Sun was out today resulting in melting of snow on the roads, roof tops and open field in summer capital, Srinagar, where majority interior roads remained snowbound. Traffic and pedestrian movement remained disrupted in the interior areas as authorities failed to clear the snow.
Most of the main roads still have snow on both sides while the middle portion was water lodged. People alleged that snow was cleared in the city only some routes, being used by the top bureaucrats. However, plying of private and public transport helped melting of snow on other routes ignored by the administration.
The Met spokesperson said skies will be mainly clear to partly cloudy during the next 24 hours in Srinagar, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 7 degree and minus 2 degree, respectively.