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Fresh snowfall on Harwan heights in Srinagar, Gulmarg coldest

chandigarh Updated: Oct 16, 2012 15:50 IST

Upper reaches of Harwan on the outskirts of Srinagar and other heights of the valley experienced fresh snowfall last night while plains, including summer capital, were lashed by heavy rains.

However, despite snowfall and rains, the 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu and 434-km-long Srinagar-Leh National Highways remained opened.

The world famous ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir was coldest in the entire region after the minimum temperature dipped to 1.3 degrees Celsius, two degree below normal following snowfall at Khilanmarg. The temperature recorded was in fact less than Leh and Kargil, where the minimum temperature was recorded at 3.2 degrees and 3.4 degrees respectively this morning.

All heights in the Harwan area turned white, clearly visible from a distance, as people woke up this morning.

A Met department spokesperson said rain or thundershowers can occur at a few places over Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours.

He said there could be light snowfall at higher reaches.

The spokesperson said as per reports received so far, snowfall was experienced at Khilanmarg in Gulmarg sector last night besides the upper reaches in Banihal on Srinagar-Jammu highway.

The holy Amarnath shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas and its periphery also recorded moderate to heavy snowfall last evening.

Reports of snowfall were also received from Sonamarg, Sheshnag, Mahaguns, Panjterni and Pisso top.

However, world famous health resort of Pahalgam, base camp of Amarnath cave, recorded about 9 mm rainfall during the past 24 hours.

Yusmarg heights in Badgam district also received fresh snowfall resulting in cold weather plains in the valley experienced heavy rains for about two hours last evening, disrupting normal life.
In summer capital, Srinagar, 10 mm rainfall was recorded last evening disrupting pedestrian and traffic movement. Electricity supply was also disrupted in most areas in the city for about two hours.

Rainfall during this time of the season is however being considered good for the saffron crop.