Intermittent Rains Lash Valley; MeT Predicts More Downpour

SRINAGAR: Upper reaches in the Kashmir valley, including world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, continued to receive intermittent snowfall while rain lashed plains for the second successive day on Thursday, resulting in dip in the minimum and maximum temperature.

Sun was playing hide and seek before finally going behind the clouds followed by rain as the day progressed in Srinagar.

A Met department spokesperson told UNI that light rain and snow would occur at many place during the next 24 hours in the state.

Kargil was the coldest place in the region after mercury further dipped and settled at minus 6.1 degree, against minus 4.7 degree recorded yesterday.

But, Leh witnessed an improved of about 1 degree in night temperature against yesterday and settled at minus 3.7 degree.

He said sky would be partly cloudy during the next 24 hours in Leh, where the maximum and minimum temperatures will be 3 degree and minus 6 degree, respectively.

Gulmarg, where ski slopes are already under more than four feet of snow, received fresh 6 inches of snowfall during the last 24 hours, resulting in further dip of three degree in the night temperature and settled at minus 6 degree, which is a notch below normal.

“It is snowing intermittently since Sunday night. The maximum and minimum temperatures have dipped due to overcast skies and snowfall. But the tourists are enjoying fresh snowfall. For some it is their first experience and they are enjoying to the fullest,” a hotelier told UNI over the phone.

The night temperature at world famous health resort of Pahalgam, which also received fresh snow and rain during the last 24 hours, witnessed drop and settled at minus 3.3 degree, against minus 0.4 degree.

The upper reaches in Pahalgam, including Chandanwari received fresh light to moderate snowfall.

After witnessing a dip in the night temperature, people woke up to a sunny morning in summer capital, Srinagar though it started to rain as the day progressed. Against 4.8 degree recorded yesterday, the night temperature was 3.2 degree, which is still two degree above normal.

He said there is a possibility of light rain or snow during the next 24 hours in Srinagar, where maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 11 degree and 2 degree respectively.

The mercury at Qazigund, gateway to Kashmir valley, on Srinagar-Jammu highway, also dipped and settled at 2.1 degree, against 4 degree recorded yesterday. The night temperature was two degree above normal at Qazigund, which received 6.4 mm of rain since last night.

Another health resort, Kokernag, and Kupwara in north Kashmir also witnessed a dip in the mercury due to overnight rain. Against 2.7 degree recorded yesterday, the night temperature was 0.3 degree in Kokernag while the mercury dipped and settled at zero degree, against 2.9 degree recorded yesterday.



Fresh Avalanche Warning Issued In Kupwara

Deputy Commissioner Kupwara Thursday issued fresh avalanche warning valid for next 24 hours for higher reaches and avalanche-prone areas of the district.

He said avalanche warning exists from March 2 to March 3, 2017 (1700 hours) for Keran, Karnah, Machil Tanghdar, Budnamal, Jumgund Nowgam, Kumkadi, higher reaches of Kralpora area and other sloppy areas of the district.

Accordingly, people residing in these areas have been asked to take necessary precaution while moving outside their homes and refrain from venturing outside during the night hours for their own safety.

In case of any exigency, general public have been asked to contact the district administration control room on 01955-252280, 253335, 9596472005, PCR Kupwara/Handwara on 01955-252451 and 01955-262295 respectively

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