Day 2: Intermittent snow continues in Gulmarg, rains lash plains

Day 2: Intermittent snow continues in Gulmarg, rains lash plains
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Srinagar, Mar 3: Intermittent snow continued for the second successive day in world famous ski resort of Gulmarg and some other upper reaches while rain lashed plains in Kashmir valley, resulting in dip in the day temperature, which settled several degrees below normal.
However, the night temperature remained above normal at most places in Kashmir valley, where more snow and rain is predicted during the next 24 hours under the influence of a Western Disturbance (WD), which is active in the region.
A High Danger Avalanche warning has been issued for the higher reaches of Kupwara, Bandipora and Ganderbal during the next 24 hours. Meanwhile, medium range avalanche warning has been issued for Ramban on Srinagar-Jammu national highway, Anantnag in south Kashmir, Baramulla in north valley, for the next 24 hours.
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 24 hours. “The weather will remain dry on Tuesday and Wednesday,” he said.
But, he said a fresh WD, which originated from the Arabian Sea, and is approaching the region though Afghanistan and Pakistan, will hit the region on March 7. ”This WD will lead to rain and snow at isolated places in Kashmir valley,” he added.
Much to the delight of the tourists, Gulmarg, which is covered under several feet of snow, continued to receive intermittent snow since Saturday. “Gulmarg received fresh several inches of snow since Saturday 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 points of cable car project in Gulmarg, also received light to moderate snowfall. The night temperature in the ski resort, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, improved and settled at minus 4.4 degree, against minus 5 degree recorded on Saturday.
After witnessing a slight improvement in the night temperature, people woke up to a chilly Sunday morning in this summer capital. As the day progressed, intermittent rain lashed Srinagar, disrupting normal life. Against 0.6 degree, recorded on Saturday, the night temperature in Srinagar was 0.8 degree, which is still below normal.
The weather was cloudy throughout the day at world famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, resulting in dip in the day temperature. Against minus 0.2 degrees recorded on Saturday, the night temperature at Pahalgam was minus 0.3 degrees, which is about 3 degree above 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.
The mercury at Qazigund, gateway to the valley, Kupwara in north Kashmir, and tourist resort of Kokernag dipped and settled at 0.4 degree, 0.2 degree and minus 0.4 degree, respectively.