Fresh snowfall, rains increases Chill across Valley
Srinagar: The world famous ski resort of Gulmarg and other upper reaches experienced fresh snowfall on Thursday while as plains, including summer capital, Srinagar, received rains resulting in cold.
There would be fairly widespread light rain, snow and thundershowers in the Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir and isolated light snow in UT Ladakh during the next 24 hours, a Meteorological department spokesman said.
There could be isolated very light rain and snow during the subsequent 48 hours, he said adding it will be followed by dry weather from February 23 to 26.
Weather turned cold since early this morning after witnessing sunny weather during the past ten days in the valley, where the maximum temperature was above normal though the minimum temperature was below normal due to the clear sky.
Gulmarg, a world famous ski resort in north Kashmir, received fresh snowfall early Thursday morning, a hotel owner said over the phone.
Few inches of snow was received, he said, adding in the upper reaches, including Kongdori, Khilanmarg and Affarwat, the highest skiing point connected by Gandola Cable Car (GCC) received about 8 inches of fresh snowfall.
The minimum temperature at Gulmarg was minus 4 degrees Celsius while the maximum temperature on Wednesday at 5.6 degree Celsius, Met spokesman said.
The other heights, including areas near the Line of Control (LoC) also received fresh snowfall since last night.
Border town of Gurez also received fresh snowfall. The town remained cut off due to accumulation of snow at Razdan pass from its district headquarters Bandipora.
The weather was cloudy and rain or snow is expected anytime, a hotel owner said in Pahalgam.
However, he said, fresh snowfall was experienced at holy Amarnath cave shrine and its periphery, Panjtarni, Sheshnag, Mahaguns and Pisso top on traditional yatra route. The minimum temperature at Pahalgam was minus 0.4 degree Celsius while the maximum temperature was 7 degree Celsius.
Fresh snowfall was also received at Pir-ki-Gali, on historic Mughal road, and other upper reaches in Shopian and Kulgam districts in south Kashmir. However, plains received rain since early Thursday morning affecting normal life.
Tourist resort of Yusmarg and other upper reaches in central Kashmir district of Badgam also received a few inches of fresh snowfall since early morning.
Rain since morning affected normal life in summer capital, Srinagar, where the minimum temperature surged due to cloudy sky during the night. The Met spokesman said minimum temperature was 3.6 degree Celsius, which was 2.7 notches above normal. It remained below normal yesterday.
The Meteorological department spokesman said the sky would be partly cloudy and there could be rain or snow in Srinagar during the next 24 hours when the maximum and minimum temperatures would be 12 degree Celsius and 2 degree Celsius respectively during the next 24 hours.
He said the temperature at border town of Kargil was not available while the minimum temperature at Leh was minus 6.3 degree Celsius. The sky would be partly cloudy and rain or snow is predicted during the next 24 hours in Leh, where the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 8 degree and minus 7 degree respectively during the next 24 hours.