Upper reaches receive fresh snow, rains lash plains in Kashmir

Upper reaches receive fresh snow, rains lash plains in Kashmir
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Srinagar, Mar 11: The upper reaches, including the world famous ski resort of Gulmarg and tourist resort of Pahalgam, received fresh snowfall, while incessant rain lashed this summer capital and other plains in Kashmir valley.
Meanwhile, the mercury during the day plunged several degrees due to wet weather in Kashmir though the night temperature improved and settled above normal at majority of the places.
A Met department spokesperson said that moderate rain and snow would occur during the next 24 hours at widespread places in Kashmir valley under the influence of a Western Disturbance (WD), which is active in the region. “Only isolated rain and snow would occur on Tuesday,” he said, adding a fresh WD, which originated from the Arabian Sea and is approaching through Afghanistan and Pakistan, will hit the region on Wednesday, which would result in more wet weather.
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 day temperature. The maximum temperature in the ski resort was over 2 degree below normal.
“The skies were overcast last night and it started to snow since Monday morning in Gulmarg. The weather during the day was chilly due to snowfall, but, skiers, including foreigners, are out on snow-bound slopes,” a hotelier told UNI over the phone.
He said Kongdori and Apharwat, the highest point of the cable car project in Gulmarg, also received light snowfall.
Meanwhile, world famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 from here in south Kashmir, also received fresh snow since Monday morning. The snow stopped in the evening though chilly weather conditions continued due to overcast conditions.
The upper reaches in Pahalgam, including Chandanwari, the last motorable halting station for Amarnath cave shrine on the traditional yatra route, 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.
Life was again affected due to incessant rain since early this afternoon in the summer capital, Srinagar, where most of the roads were waterlogged. Most of the roads in the summer capital witnessed heavy traffic jam as schools and colleges reopened after remaining closed for about three-month long winter vacation. The maximum temperature in Srinagar was about 6 degree below normal.