Kashmir Receives Snow, Rain As Wet Spell Begins

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Srinagar: The higher reaches of Jammu and Kashmir received fresh spell of snowfall while rains lashed plains as the three-day wet spell began on Friday with mercury dropping by several notches.

According to reports, the upper reaches of the Valley received fresh snowfall while the plains, including Srinagar witnessed light to heavy rainfall beginning Friday evening. Reports said several areas in north Kashmir, including Razdan Top in Gurez received fresh snowfall.

According to an India Meteorological Department (IMD) official, there will be widespread moderate rain in the plains and snow over higher reaches on Saturday.

“Some places on higher reaches especially over Pirpanjal, hilly areas of South Kashmir may receive heavy snowfall,” the official said, adding, “On October 24, light to moderate rain is expected at many places.”

Due to the weather system, the IMD has already issued an advisory, saying there could be disruption in both air and surface traffic besides drop in day time temperature.

On Monday, the official said there will be generally cloudy sky and light rain may occur at isolated places. On October 26, the weather will be partly cloudy.

“The present system is most likely to cause heavy rain/ snow over South Kashmir, Pirpanjal, Poonch-Rajouri, Reasi, Banihal- Batote axis, although rain will occur at other districts of J&K as well.”

For the subsequent one week, the official said that there will be “mainly dry weather”.

Meanwhile, Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of 7.6 degree Celsius against 7.2 degree Celsius on the previous night, the official said.

Ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded a minimum of 3.8 degree Celsius against previous night’s 3.0 degree Celsius, the official said. The Kupwara town recorded a low 5.4 degree Celsius against 4.5 degree Celsius on the previous night, the official said.

In south Kashmir, Qazigund recorded a low of 5.8 degree Celsius against previous night’s 6.4 degree Celsius while tourist resort Pahalgam recorded a low of 3.2 degree Celsius against 2.6 degree Celsius on previous night, officials said.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a minimum of 6.6 degree Celsius against 6.7 degree Celsius on previous night, the official said.

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