Upper reaches receive fresh snowfall, rain lashes plains

One-way traffic continues on Srinagar-Jammu highway

Srinagar: The upper reaches, including world famous ski resort of Gulmarg received fresh snowfall on Monday while rain lashed plains including Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir.

A Met department spokesperson said moderate rain, snow and thundershowers would occur during the next 48 hours in Kashmir valley, which would resulting in further dip in the maximum temperature.

“During these 48 hours, heavy rain, thundershowers, snow with gusty winds (30-40 km/h) would occur at isolated place under the influence of two Western Disturbances (WDs), which are active in the region,” he said.

He said light to moderate rain and snow would occur on Wednesday, adding the weather is expected to improve from Thursday onwards. However, he said a fresh WD, which would originate from the Arabian Sea and would approach the region through Afghanistan and Pakistan, will hit the region on Saturday. “More wet weather is expected under the influence of this WD”.

Gulmarg, which is already covered under several feet of snow, received light to moderate snowfall since late last night. Kongdori and Apharwat, the highest point of the cable car project in Gulmarg, also received light to moderate snowfall.

People in Srinagar woke up to a chilly and cloudy Monday morning. Rain again lashed the city later in the morning, resulting in further dip in the day temperature. Normal life was on Monday thrown out of gear as most of the roads and lands were waterlogged due to incessant rain in Srinagar.

The MeT spokesman said  moderate rain and thundershowers would occur during the next 24 hours in Srinagar.

The health resort of Pahalgam also received rain since early Monday morning, resulting in dip in the maximum temperature.  The upper reaches in Pahalgam, including Chandanwari, received very light snowfall.

Tourist resort of Sonamarg on Srinagar-Leh highway received light to moderate snowfall since early this morning.

Snowfall was also recorded in other upper reaches in north Kashmir, including border towns in Kupwara and Bandipora.

Meanwhile,   traffic police spokesman said that despite rain the highway was through so far.

He said therefore LMVs were allowed to ply from Jammu to Srinagar on the highway.

About the HMVs, he said, only vehicles stranded between Nashree and Ramban were allowed to move towards Srinagar.

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