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. âoeIt 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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