3 Day Rain Spell Begins in Kashmir Plains, Snowfall in Gulmarg

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Srinagar: The higher reaches of Kashmir Valley including Gulmarg received light snowfall while rains lashed plains, officials said on Monday.

The weatherman has already issued an advisory for moderate to heavy rains or snowfall in the Valley for three days with main activity on Tuesday and Wednesday.

A meteorological department official said that Srinagar received 1.1mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours till 08:30 a.m. He said that the mercury settled at 7.2 degree Celsius, the same as recorded on the previous night which is above 0.8 degree Celsius normal for this time of the year in the summer capital of J&K.

Qazigund received 0.6mm of rain during the time and it recorded a low of 7.2 degree Celsius against 4.2 degree Celsius on the previous night, the official said.

Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, had 7.4mm of rain while as it recorded a minimum of 4.8 degree Celsius against 1.0 degree Celsius on the earlier night, he said.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, received 0.8mm of rain and recorded a low of 5.7 degree Celsius against previous night’s 4.0 degree Celsius, the official said.

Kupwara had 7.8mm of rain while the north Kashmir district recording a low of 5.2 degree Celsius against 4.0 degree Celsius on the previous night, the official said.

Gulmarg received 7.8mm of rain and light snowfall of 0.2cm depth during the time while the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district recorded a minimum temperature of minus 0.6 degree Celsius against 0.5 degree Celsius on the previous night, the official added.

In view of a fresh western disturbance, the weatherman has forecast fresh rains or snow for the next three days with main activity during April 6 and 7.

“A fresh western disturbance has affected the Jammu & Kashmir and light rain thunder on 5th April and main activity (moderate rain/ snow/ thunderstorms with gusty winds 30-40 KMPH) is expected on 6th & 7th April,” reads an advisory issued by the meteorologist at the local MeT office, M H Mir said.

“The system is likely to cause heavy rain / snow mainly in upper reaches of Kashmir (Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Baramulla, Bandipora ( Gurez & Tulail valley) and Kupwara (Karnah Sector), Shopian, Qazigund-Banihal axis, Pirpanjal Range of Jammu Division, Dras ( Gumri & Minamarg) and Zanskar subdivision of Ladakh”.

The probable impacts, the advisory says includes ‘temporary disruption’ of surface traffic mainly on Jammu-Srinagar and Srinagar-Leh Highway (Zojila Pass), Leh-Manali Highway, Mughal Road, and Sadhna pass on April 6th and 7th April.

There is also possibility of landslides and shooting stones at vulnerable spots of Jammu- Srinagar Srinagar-Leh Highway, the advisory said.

“There would be temporary water logging in low lying areas in Kashmir Valley,” it said. The other impacts include suspension of agricultural and horticultural operations and dip in day temperatures.

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