Snowfall, rains continue in Kashmir valley
Chill increases as neighbouring states also record downpour
Srinagar: Many places in Kashmir received intermittent snowfall and rains for the second day on Tuesday, even as the weather office said the wet spell is likely to continue.
Most of the higher reaches of the valley received moderate to heavy snowfall over the past 36 hours, while many areas in the plains experienced light snowfall and rains, a MET official said.
He said intermittent snowfall and rains continued at many places on Tuesday.
The famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded seven inches of fresh snowfall during the night, while Pahalgam tourist resort in south Kashmir recorded six inches of snow, the official said.
There are reports of snowfall in other areas in the higher reaches, including the Sonamarg-Zojila axis on the Srinagar-Leh road which connects the valley with Ladakh, he said.
The road was closed for traffic on Monday.
The MET Office has said intermittent light to moderate rain/snow, with isolated heavy falls in the higher reaches, will continue till Wednesday afternoon.
The weather is likely to improve afterwards and stay dry for a few days from Thursday.
Meanwhile, several high reaches of Himachal Pradesh received fresh snowfall in the last 24 hours, the Meteorological (MeT) Department said.
Kalpa recorded 9.6 cm snowfall, followed by Khadrala 6 cm, Keylong 3 cm and Shillari 1 cm, Shimla MeT Centre Director Manmohan Singh said.
Besides several parts of the state, including Manali, Nichar, Bharmaur, Jubbal, Wangtoo and Seobagh experienced light rains on Tuesday, he added.
Meanwhile, the tribal district of Lahaul and Spiti’s administrative centre Keylong was recorded as the coldest place in the state at minus 2.7 degrees Celsius, Singh said.
Kinnaur’s Kalpa recorded a low of minus 1.6 degrees Celsius, he added.
The minimum temperature in Dalhousie, Manali and Kufri was recorded at 0.9, 1.2 and 2.4 degrees Celsius, respectively, the weatherman said.
Shimla recorded a low of 6.3 degrees Celsius, Singh added.
The highest temperature in the state was recorded in Una at 21 degrees Celsius, he added.
The weather office has already issued yellow weather warning for heavy rains and snowfall in Himachal Pradesh for November 25.
The weather office issues colour-coded warnings to alert people ahead of severe or hazardous weather that has the potential to cause “damage, widespread disruption or danger to life”.
Yellow, the least dangerous of all the weather warnings, indicates the possibility of severe weather over the next few days. (PTI)