Light snowfall on higher reaches, WD turns weak in Kashmir


    Srinagar, Jan 17 :  Though the Western Disturbance (WD) had turned weak, there was a light snowfall on upper reaches in the Kashmir valley, where the minimum temperature was below freezing point while the mercury during the day remained above normal, with icy cold winds continuing.

    Border town of Kargil remained the coldest as there was no change in the minimum temperature which was again minus 19 degree followed by Leh minus 13.6 degree, witnessing a slight improvement against yesterday’s minus 13.8 degree.

    The WD, originating in Arabian sea and entering the region through Afghanistan and Pakistan, was active in the Kashmir valley, a Met department spokesman told UNI Wednesday afternoon. He said WD was very high besides turning weak and could leave without touching the state. However, there is chances of light rain or snow at isolated places over Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours, he said.
    The weather will again turn totally dry during the subsequent 72 hours, he added. There is nothing abnormal in the dry weather during January, he said adding ”We witness similar weather conditions. We still expect snow this and subsequent months,” he added.

    Meanwhile, the upper heights in the Kashmir valley experienced fresh light snowfall early this morning while some plain areas in the north Kashmir also got rain. There was fresh snowfall in the upper reaches in the north Kashmir, where authorities suspended traffic on Kupwara to Tangdhar road because of about 3 inch snow at Sadhna top, where eleven persons were killed after snow avalanche on January 7. Met spokesman said the minimum temperature at Kupwara recorded about two degree improvement as against yesterdays minus 5.4 degree, it was minus 3.8 degree, still a notch below normal.

    There was very light snowfall at world famous ski resort of Gulmarg early in the morning, a hotel owner told UNI over phone. However, the upper reaches, including Khilanmarg and Affarwat, the highest skiing point connected by Cable Car, received light snowfall. Due to cloudy sky during the night accompanied by very light snow, the minimum temperature witnessed two degree surge. Against yesterday’s minus 6 degree, it was minus 4 degree, about four notches above normal. The maximum temperature was also about five degree above normal yesterday at the famed ski resort, where large number of tourists are enjoying on snow covered slopes.