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February 20, 2020 11:10 pm

Kashmir’s Upper Reaches Receive Fresh Snowfall, Rain In Plains

A Woman Rows A Boat In Srinagar’s Dal Lake On A Rainy Day On Thursday. Pic Abid Bhat / KO

SRINAGAR -  The world famous ski resort of Gulmarg and other upper reaches experienced fresh snowfall on Thursday in the Kashmir valley, where plains, including summer capital, Srinagar, received rain resulting in cold.

There would be fairly widespread light rain, snow and thundershowers in the Union Territory (UT) of Jammu and Kashmir and isolated light snow in UT Ladakh during the next 24 hours, a Met department spokesman said today.

There could be isolated very light rain and snow during the subsequent 48 hours, he said adding this will follow dry weather from February 23 to 26.

Weather turned cold since early this morning after witnessing sunny weather during the past about ten days in the valley, where maximum temperature was above normal though minimum temperature was below normal due to clear sky.

Gulmarg, a world famous ski resort in north Kashmir, received fresh snowfall early this morning, a hotel owner said. Few inches of snow was received, he said adding in the upper reaches, including Kongdori, Khilanmarg and Affarwat, the highest skiing point connected by Gandola Cable Car (GCC) received  about 8 inches of fresh snowfall. The minimum temperature at Gulmarg was minus 4 degree while the maximum temperature on Wednesday at 5.6 degree, Met spokesman said.

The other heights, including areas near the Line of Control (LoC) also received fresh snowfall since last night. Border town of Gurez, surrounded by Pakistan-controlled-Kashmir from three sides, also received fresh snowfall. The town remained cut off due to accumulation of snow at Razdan pass from its district headquarter Bandipora, where rain lash the town today.

Fresh snowfall was also experienced at holy Amarnath cave shrine and its periphery, Panjterni, Sheshnag, Mahaguns and Pisso top on traditional yatra route. The minimum temperature at Pahalgam was minus 0.4 degree while the maximum temperature was 7 degree.

Fresh snowfall was also received at Pir-ki-Gali, on historic Mughal road, and other upper reaches in Shopian and Kulgam districts in south Kashmir. However, plains received rain since early this morning affecting normal life.

Tourist resort of Yusmarg and other upper reaches in central Kashmir district of Budgam also received few inches of fresh snowfall since early this morning.

Rain since this morning affected normal life in summer capital, Srinagar, where the minimum temperature surged due to cloudy sky during the night. Met spokesman said minimum temperature was 3.6 degree, which was 2.7 notches above normal. It remained below normal yesterday.

Met spokesman said the sky would be partly cloudy and there could be rain or snow in Srinagar during the next 24 hours when the maximum and minimum temperatures would be 12 degree and 2 degree respectively during the next 24 hours.

He said temperature at border town of Kargil was not available while minimum temperature at Leh was minus 6.3 degree. The sky would be partly cloudy and rain or snow is predicted during the next 24 hours in Leh, where the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 8 degree and minus 7 degree respectively during the next 24 hours.

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