Mercury Falls After Fresh Snowfall In Kashmir

A man warms his hands over a fire on a rainy day in Srinagar on Friday. KO Photo, Abid Bhat

Srinagar: Many areas in the higher reaches of Kashmir received fresh snowfall, while some parts in the plains were lashed by light rains on Friday, officials said.

Snowfall started in many areas in the higher reaches of Kashmir early in the morning, the officials said.

They said the fresh snowfall was witnessed in Machil and Tangdhar areas of Kupwara, Gurez in Bandipora district, the famous ski-resort of Gulmarg in Baramulla, Sonamarg in Ganderbal, and some other high altitude areas.

Due to the snowfall, the Bandipora-Gurez Road has been closed temporarily for traffic, the officials said. Some areas in the plains of the valley received light rainfall.

The fresh snowfall in Gulmarg prompted police to issue and advisory for the tourists moving towards the famous ski resort.

"It is snowing at Gulmarg. All tourists and visitors are advised to plan their trips accordingly. Any problems are issues may be addressed to: +91 959 676 7768 PCR Bla , +91 959 676 7705 SDPO Tangmarg , +91 959 676 7713 SHO Tangmarg, +91 959 676 7714 SHO Gulmarg." Baramulla Police wrote on their official Twitter handle.

Pertinently, the MeT department had forecast light rains or snowfall at isolated to scattered places in the valley on Friday.

The weather is likely to stay mainly dry for a few days from Saturday.

Meanwhile, the minimum temperature increased at most places in Kashmir Valley on Friday.

A meteorological department official here said that Srinagar recorded a low of 5.6 degree Celsius against 1.8 degree Celsius on the previous night. Qazigund, recorded a minimum temperature of 3.2 degree Celsius against previous night’s 0.6 degree Celsius, the official said.

Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of 2.2 degree Celsius against minus 2.8 degree Celsius on the previous night, he said.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a minimum temperature of 3.1 degree Celsius against 1.7 degree Celsius on the previous night, the official said.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a low of 6.7 degree Celsius against 0.7 degree Celsius on the previous night, the official said.

Gulmarg, the famous skiing resort in north Kashmir, recorded a minimum of 1.0 degree Celsius against minus 2.5 degree Celsius on the previous night, the official said.

Mughal Road Closed For Traffic

Meanwhile following fresh snowfall near Pir Ki Gali Mughal road, connecting Shopian and Poonch-Rajouri districts, was closed on Friday.

DTI Mughal Road Qasam Choudhary said that traffic was halted on the road amid snowfall. He said that the road will be reopened once snow is cleared.

The historic road was opened for all types of vehicular traffic on July 5 this year. Prior to it, the road was only allowed to be used for ferrying perishable items, mainly fruits.

Meanwhile, Traffic movement in some far-flung areas of Kupwara including Keran, Karnah, Macchil, Jumagund, Budnambal and Kumkadi was either restricted or suspended in wake of the snowfall and inclement weather, the officials said.

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