Upper reaches receive fresh snowfall, rain lashes plains in Kashmir
Srinagar: Upper reaches in the Kashmir valley, including world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, received fresh snowfall while rain lashed plains since last night, resulting in dip in the maximum temperature.
Meanwhile, the night temperature remained below normal at majority of the places in Kashmir valley, where weather will remain wet during the next 48 hours.
A Met department spokesperson told UNI this afternoon that light to moderate rain or snow could occur at many places during the next 48 hours in Kashmir valley under the influence of a fresh Western Disturbance (WD), which is active in the region.
Even though there was some improvement in the night temperature at the border town Kargil, it was still the coldest place in the region at minus 4.5 degree, against minus 7.6 degree recorded yesterday.
The mercury at Leh remained constant since yesterday at 1.5 degree. He said light snow would occur during the next 24 hours in Leh, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 5 degree and zero degree, respectively.
Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, received 2 inches of fresh snowfall since last night, much to the delight of those associated with tourism as they expect famed slopes would remain under white carpet even during April also. However, the mercury witnessed drop and as against zero degree recorded yesterday, the night temperature was minus 1.5 degree.
“It is snowing intermittently since late last night, resulting in dip in the maximum and minimum temperatures in this ski resort. But nevertheless, the tourists are out on the ski slopes, enjoying fresh snowfall,” a hotelier from Gulmarg told UNI over the phone.
“Upper reaches, including Affarwat, highest ski point connected through Gandola Cable Car (GCC), Kongdori and Khilanmarg also received fresh snowfall,” he added.
The upper reaches in north Kashmir, including Keran, Karnah, Machil, Neeru and Sadhna and Razdan passes, which remained cut off from their respective district headquarters, also received fresh snowfall.
World famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, received rain since this morning though the night temperature witnessed some improvement due to overcast skies. Against 2.4 degree recorded yesterday, the night temperature at Pahalgam was 3.4 degree, which is slight 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 light to moderate snowfall.
Meanwhile, intermittent rain lashed plains, including summer capital, Srinagar, where people for the second successive day woke up to damp and cloudy weather. But, the night temperature witnessed some improvement due to overcast skies in Srinagar. Against 3.3 degree recorded yesterday, the night temperature at the summer capital was 4.9 degree.
The spokesperson told UNI that light rain or thundershower would occur during the next 24 hours in Srinagar, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 11 degree and 3 degree.
The mercury at Qazigund, gateway to Kashmir valley, on Srinagar-Jammu national highway, also surged and settled at 3.4 degree, against 2.8 degree recorded yesterday. The night temperature was slightly below normal at Qazigund, which received fresh rain since last night.
Another health Kokernag, which received 3.8 mm of rain since this last night, witnessed a dip of over 3 degree from yesterday and settled at 3.9 degree.
Kupwara in north Kashmir, received 24.3 mm of rain since last night, resulting in dip in the night temperature. Against 2.7 degree recorded yesterday, the night temperature at Kupwara was 3 degree.