Chill returns after fresh snowfall in upper reaches
Plains lashed by rains, weather to remain wet
Srinagar: Snowfall in upper reaches and rains in plains of the Kashmir Valley on Monday brought a fresh cold wave as the mercury slipped seven degrees below the normal temperature for this part of the year, officials said.
Gulmarg tourist destination in north Kashmir received nearly two feet of fresh snow since Sunday night while many other hilly areas of Kashmir received moderate to light snowfall, the officials said.
They said snow-clearance machines have been pressed into action in the affected areas.
Rains lashed the plains of the valley throughout the day, bringing down the day temperature substantially.
A Meteorological (MeT) Department official said Srinagar recorded a maximum of 6.6 degrees Celsius, a departure of 7.6 degrees from 14.2 degrees Celsius expected at this time of the year.
The temperature was 2.5°C above normal for this time of the year in this summer capital, the official said.
Qazigund recorded a low of 4.8°C against 4.3°C on the previous night and received 1.4mm of rain during the time. The mercury settled at minus 1.4°C against 3.2°C on the earlier night at Pahalgam while the famous resort received 0.6mm rain.
Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of 3.9°C against 3.6°C on the previous night while it received 3.6mm of rain.
The minimum temperature settled at 2.6°C in Kupwara against 5.2°C on the previous night while the north Kashmir district received 0.6mm rain, the official said.
Gulmarg, the world famous skiing resort, received 13-cms of snow and recorded a minimum temperature of minus 3.5°C against minus 0.7°C on the previous night.
The weatherman has forecast rain and snow besides thundershowers in Kashmir Valley.