Snowfall Forecast In Kashmir Today, Avalanches Block River In Gurez

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Srinagar- The weather department here on Friday said that there was a possibility of light snowfall at scattered places of Kashmir in the next 24 hours while multiple avalanches blocked Kishenganga (Neelum) River in North Kashmir.

Quoting a meteorological department official, news reports said that mainly dry weather was expected thereafter for two weeks.

Meanwhile, he said, the mercury witnessed a slight drop at most places as sub-zero temperature was also recorded in Srinagar that saw a low of minus 0.6 against 0.4°C on the previous night. Today’s minimum temperature, he said, was above normal by 0.1°C for the summer capital.

Qazigund, he said, recorded a low of minus 2.6°C against 2.0°C on the previous night and it was 0.5°C above normal.

Pahalgam, he said, recorded a low of 1.5°C against minus 2.9°C on the previous night and it was 4.6°C above normal for the famous tourist resort in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district.

Kokernag recorded a low of minus 2.7°C against minus 1.9°C on the previous night and it was 0.3°C below normal for the place, the officials said.

Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 7.0°C against minus 7.6°C on the previous night and it was 0.6°C above normal for the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, he said.

In Kupwara town, he said, the mercury settled at minus 0.8°C against minus 2.3°C on the previous night and it was 1.5°C above normal for the north Kashmir area.

Jammu recorded a low of 7.2°C against 7.5°C °C on the previous night. It was 1.2°C below normal for J&K’s winter capital, he said.

Banihal, he said, recorded a low of 2.0°C (above normal by 1.2°C), Batote 4.2°C (above normal by 2.1°C), Katra 7.8°C (0.8°C above normal) and Bhadarwah minus 1.8°C (1.2°C below normal).

Ladakh’s Leh and Kargil recorded a low of minus 11.0°C and minus 15.1°C respectively, the official said.

Avalanches Block Kishanganga

Earlier multiple avalanches hit Tulail area of Gurez Valley in Bandipora district on Friday blocking Kishanganga river.

An official said that water flow of the Kishanganga river was blocked after 3 avalanches hit three villages in Tulail, including Wazirthal, Neeru and Gujran villages.

He said the avalanche at Gugran Tulail also affected water supply to several habitations.

The official said teams have already been dispatched to the area to assess the situation and gather more data.

Meanwhile, residents have been asked to take caution and refrain from venturing near areas close to Kishanganga, mountains, or avalanche prone areas.

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