Kashmir receives fresh snowfall, rains

Kashmir receives fresh snowfall, rains
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Srinagar, Mar 20: Kashmir valley, including world famous ski resort of Gulmarg and the summer capital, Srinagar, received fresh snowfall, resulting in considerable dip in the maximum and minimum temperatures.
A Met department spokesperson said that widespread light to moderate rain, snow and thunderstorm 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 slightly improve as only isolate very light rain and snow would occur during the subsequent three days from Friday,” he added.
However, he said a fresh WD, which originated from the Arabian Sea and is approaching the region through Afghanistan and Pakistan, will hit the region on March 25. “Under the influence of this WD, more rain and snow is predicted in the region,” he added.
Gulmarg, where the ski slopes are under several feet of snow, received fresh snowfall since Tuesday evening, much to the delight of skiers and tourists. The night temperature in the ski resort dipped about a degree from Tuesday and settled at minus 2 degree, which is slightly below normal.
Meanwhile, sophisticated machines were pressed into service and snow accumulated on the Tangmarg-Gumarg road was cleared to make the ski resort, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, accessible to tourists.
“Despite snow since last evening, tourists are out on ski slopes, enjoying various snow activities, including skiing. The fresh snowfall in the last March was a surprise for some tourists, who were experiencing snowfall for the first time in their life,” a hotelier said.
Fresh snowfall was recorded on Wednesday afternoon in Srinagar, where normal life was affected due to strike and water-logging at majority of the roads following incessant rains since last evening. The night temperature in the summer capital dipped about 3 degree from Tuesday and settled at 2.4 degree, which is over 2 degree below normal. The day temperature also witnessed considerable dip due to incessant rain and fresh snowfall in Srinagar.
The Met spokesperson said that skies will be partly cloudy to very light rain and thundershowers during the next 24 hours in Srinagar, where the maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 12 degree and 2 degree, respectively.
World famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 from here in south Kashmir, also received intermittent light to moderate rain since last evening. However, the night temperature in the health resort improved about a degree from Tuesday and settled at minus 1.6 degree, which is still about 1.5 degree below normal.
However, the upper reaches in Pahalgam, including Chandanwari, the last motorable halting station for Amarnath cave shrine on traditional yatra route, received fresh light to moderate snowfall. Amarnath cave shine and its periphery besides Sheshnag, Mahagung, Pisso top and Panjterni also received fresh snowfall.
Another health resort of Sonmarg on Srinagar-Leh national highway also received fresh snowfall since late last night. 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 since December 2018.
Srinagar-Jammu national highway, which connects Kashmir valley with the rest of the country, was also closed due to fresh landslides and shootings, triggered by heavy rains during the night.