Upper reaches receive fresh snowfall in Kashmir

Upper reaches receive fresh snowfall in Kashmir

Srinagar, Feb 25: After waking up to a sunny Monday morning, world famous ski resort of Gulmarg and other upper reaches received fresh snowfall, while rain lashed plains in Kashmir valley, resulting in dip in the day temperature, which settled below normal.
Meanwhile, the night temperature dipped and also settled below normal across Kashmir valley, where more snow and rain is predicted during the next six days under the influence of a Western Disturbance (WD), which is active in the region.
A Met department spokesperson said that very light rain and snow would occur at fairly widespread to widespread places in Kashmir valley during the next 48 hours. “The weather will slightly improve on Wednesday and Thursday with rain and snow at isolated places,” he said.
However, he said a fresh WD, which originated from the Arabian Sea, and is approaching the region though Afghanistan and Pakistan will the region on Friday. “This WD will again lead to rain and snow at fairly widespread to widespread places in Kashmir valley,” he added.
After witnessing a dip in the night temperature, people woke up to a sunny Monday morning in the summer capital, Srinagar. However, as the day progressed, the skies turned cloudy following by light to moderate rain in the evening. The maximum temperature in the summer capital dipped and settled over a degree below normal.
Gulmarg, where ski slopes are covered under several feet of snow, received fresh snowfall since Monday afternoon. ”Gulmarg received fresh about seven to eight inches of snow since Monday morning. Tourists are enjoying snowfall and other snow related activities, including skiing,” a hotelier said over the phone.
He said Kongdori and Apharwat, the highest point of the cable car project in Gulmarg, also received light to moderate snowfall. The ski resort was the coldest place in the valley as the night temperature dipped about 3 degree from Sunday and settled at minus 10 degree, which is about 4 degree below normal. But, despite snowfall, the maximum temperature in Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, was normal.
World famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, received light to moderate rain since Wednesday afternoon, resulting in dip in the day temperature, which settled about 2 degree below normal. Against minus 3.3 degrees recorded on Sunday, the night temperature at Pahalgam was minus 4.5 degrees, which is a degree below normal.
However, the upper reaches in Pahalgam, including Chandanwari, 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.
Fresh snowfall was also witnessed at various places, including Qazigund and Jawahar Tunnel on Srinagar-Jammu national highway. The mercury at Qazigund, gateway to the valley, Kupwara in north Kashmir, dipped and settled at minus 0.2 degree and minus 2.2 degrees, respectively.