Srinagar, Apr 4 UNI | 4 months ago

World famous ski resort of Gulmarg and other upper reaches in the Kashmir valley experienced fresh snowfall while plains, including summer capital Srinagar, were lashed by rain, inundating majority roads.


A Met department spokesman said rain or thundershowers could occur at many places in the state during the next 24 hours while weather will remain mainly dry in Ladakh region, where border town of Kargil recorded minus 2.2 degree.

Gulmarg slopes, already under several feet of snow, experienced fresh snowfall today, resulting in severe cold. Tree and roof tops had turned white after few inches of fresh snowfall, a hotel owner told UNI over phone from Gulmarg.

However, Kongdori, Seven Springs and Affarwat, connected with Cable Car, besides Khilanmarg received moderate snowfall.

Met spokesman said the minimum temperature at ski resort was 0.2 degree, a notch above normal following cloudy weather during the night.

The upper reaches in north Kashmir, including the areas near the Line of Control (LoC) also received fresh snowfall. Majority of these areas remained cut off from their district and tehsil headquarters for the past several years due to accumulation of snow on roads.

Kupwara received 2.4 mm rainfall till this morning after 8.2 degree minimum temperature, two degree above normal. The holy Amarnath cave shrine and its periphery in south Kashmir Himalyas also received fresh snowfall since last night. Reports of snowfall were received from Sheshnag, Mahaguns, Pisso top and Panjterni on traditional yatra route.

Met spoekesman said Pahalgam received 0.4 mm rainfall. However, the minimum temperature was 3.4 degree, more than two degree above normal.

Srinagar, the summer capital, and other upper reaches in the Kashmir valley experienced rains, resulting in chill during the night though the minimum temperature was above normal. Majority roads and lowlaying areas were again inundated due to rains since last evening, affecting pedestrian and traffic movement in the city.

The minimum temperature in the city was 9.2 degree, more than three notches above normal because the sky was cloudy during the night.

(Posted on 04-04-2014)