Snowfall In Upper Reaches

Srinagar: Weather witnessed a sudden change due to light snowfall on upper reaches early this morning in the Kashmir valley, where atmosphere remained very tense for the past 89 consecutive days today due to curfew, restrictions and strike.

A Met department spokesman said here this afternoon that there would be isolated rain in the Kashmir valley and Jammu region during the next 24 hours. However, weather will turn dry in Ladakh region tomorrow when there could be isolated rain today.

The sky was cloudy with cold winds since early this morning, forcing people to wear warm cloths, particularly half sleeves sweaters in the Kashmir valley.

There was light snowfall on upper reaches, including Affarwat, the highest skiing point in Gulmarg, connected by Gandola Cable Car (GCC), an official of the tourism department said.

He said there was light snowfall at Affarwat and adjoining hills and tree tops had turned white while there was rain at Gulmarg resulting in drop in the temperature. Warm cloths, particularly “Pheran” are out as temperature witnessed considerable drop.

The maximum and minimum temperatures at the world famous ski resort was four and three degree above normal respectively yesterday.

Upper heights in the north Kashmir, particularly near the Line of Control (LoC) also received light snow or rain since last night.

There was also light snowfall at Amarnath cave shrine and its periphery, Sheshnaga, Panjterni, Mahaguns and Pisso top, reports received here said. However, weather was dry but cloudy with cold winds. People at Pahalgam and adjoining areas could be seen wearing woolen cloths and pheran.

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