Fresh snowfall in upper reaches, rain lashes plains in Kashmir


    Srinagar: The upper reaches, including the world famous ski resort of Gulmarg and health resort of Sonmarg, received fresh snowfall, while rain lashed Srinagar and other plains in Kashmir valley.

    Meanwhile, the night temperature witnessed major improvement and settled above freezing point at majority of the places in the valley though day chill intensified due to wet weather.

    However, people continued to shiver at the border town of Kargil, which was the coldest place in the region at minus 15 degree, followed by Leh, where the mercury surged 2 degree from Monday and settled at minus 11.9 degree.

    A Met department spokesperson told UNI that light snow or rain would occur at many places in the state during the next 24 hours under the influence of a Western Disturbance (WD).

    Much to the delight of skiers and tourists, the ski slopes at world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, 55 km from here in north Kashmir, received fresh snowfall since early this morning. ”It is snowing intermittently on Gulmarg slopes, which are already under several feet of snow. But, skiers, including foreigners, are out on the snow-bound slopes,” a hotelier told UNI over the phone. The night temperature at the ski resort improved a degree from Monday and settled at minus 4.6 degree, which is 3 degree above normal.

    Meanwhile, skies were cloudy at world famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 from here in south Kashmir, resulting in further improvement in the night temperature. Against minus 2.3 degree recorded on Monday, the night temperature at Pahalgam was 1.2 degree, which is 7 degree above 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 moderate to heavy snowfall.

    Another health resort of Sonmarg on Srinagar-Leh national highway, closed due to accumulation of snow, also received fresh snowfall since early this morning, resulting in chilly weather conditions. Baltal, base camp of Amarnath yatra from the shortest yatra route, also received fresh snowfall.

    After witnessing pleasant weather for about a week, weather turned chilly in the summer capital Srinagar, due to fresh light rain in the morning. But, the mercury during the night surged about 5 degree from Monday due to overcast conditions and settled at 2.2 degree, which is 3 degree above normal.

    The upper reaches in north Kashmir, including Keran, Karnah, Machil, Neeru and Sadhna and Razdan passes also received fresh snowfall.

    The mercury at Qazigund, gateway to the valley, Kupwara in north Kashmir and tourist resort of Kukernag also improved and settled at 0.2 degree, 0.4 degree and minus 0.6 degree, respectively.