Weather Woes Continue As Kashmir Receives Snow For 3rd Day

SRINAGAR:Weather woes continued as Kashmir valley received intermittent light to heavy snowfall for the third suc­cessive day today though the night temperature remained above normal while day chill continues due to cloudy skies, coupled with icy cold winds.

A Met department spokes­person told UNI that moderate snowfall will occur during the next 24 hours in Kashmir valley.

Meanwhile, people living in upper heights have been directed to remain indoors because of ava­lanche threat following heavy to very heavy fresh snowfall dur­ing the past two days in Kash­mir valley, where seven people, including an Army officer, have already lost their lives and over two dozen houses, besides other structures have been damaged during the past 24 hours.

Leh in Ladakh was the coldest place in the region after mercury witnessed a dip of about one de­gree. Against minus 2.2 degree re­corded yesterday, the night tem­perature was minus 3.6 degree.

Even though the night temper­ature recorded at world famous ski resort of Gulmarg was about five degree above normal; it was still the coldest place in the valley.

The ski resort, where the world class slopes are already under sev­eral feet of snow, received 60 cm fresh of fresh snowfall and 66.4 mm of rain during the last 24 hours.

Against minus 3.4 degree re­corded yesterday, the night tem­perature was minus 3.2 degree.

Gulmarg attracts skiers, tourists and adventure lovers from all over the globe because of its ski slopes during winter season. â€oeIt is still snowing heavily in Gulmarg and tour­ists, including skiers and ad­venture lovers, are enjoying de­spite chilly weather conditions.

“We expect the tourist flow to increase during the coming weeks now that the ski slopes are cov­ered with snow,” a hotelier said.

Meanwhile, a traffic official said that only vehicles with chains attached to their tyres are allowed towards Gulmarg from Tangmarg in view of slip­pery conditions of the road due to heavy snowfall in the area.

People in the summer capital, Srinagar, once again woke up to a snowy morning. Roof and tree tops besides roads and open fields had turned white following fresh snowfall in Srinagar.

Meanwhile, snow was not cleared from majority of the roads and people preferred to remain indoors in view of strike called by resistance leadership on January 26 though security forces remained deployed to stop any militant attack in Srinagar.

There is already frozen snow on majority roof tops in the city. At some places security forces were seen burning woods for heating purpose, including near stadium crossing, to escape chilly weather conditions due to snowfall in Srinagar, where more wet weather is predicted during the next 24 hours.

There was no change in the night temperature which re­mained fixed at minus 0.3 de­gree since yesterday. The night temperature was about 2 notch­es above normal.

The night temperature at Qazigund, gateway to Kashmir Valley, on the 300-km-long Sri­nagar-Jammu Highway, which remained closed due to fresh 8 cm snowfall and 93.8 mm of rain, dipped and settled at mi­nus zero degree, against minus 0.1 degree recorded yesterday. The night temperature was three degree below normal.

The mercury at world fa­mous health resort of Pahal­gam, which also received fresh 36 cm snowfall and 115.2 mm of rain during the last 24 hours, witnessed marginal dip though it was still seven notches above normal. Against 0.3 degree re­corded yesterday, the night tem­perature was zero degree.

The night temperature at an­other health resort, Kokernag, which recorded 3 cm of fresh snow and 105 mm of rain in the last 24 hours, remained constant at minus 0.3 degree since yester­day. The night temperature in the health resort was about three degree above normal.

About 14 cm of fresh snowfall and 23 mm of rain was also re­corded at Kupwara, where mer­cury surge and settled at minus 0.4 degree, against 0.5 degree re­corded yesterday.


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