Fresh snowfall on upper reaches, rain in plains in Kashmir
The upper reaches experienced fresh snowfall while the plains, including summer capital Srinagar, recorded rains in the Kashmir valley where Gulmarg witnessed more than three degree drop in minimum temperature today morning.chandigarh Updated: Feb 23, 2012 15:51 IST
The upper reaches experienced fresh snowfall while plains, including summer capital Srinagar, recorded rains in the Kashmir valley where Gulmarg -- which was colder than Leh -- witnessed more than three degree drop in minimum temperature on Thurday morning.
However, sun came out from behind the clouds, providing much needed relief to the people in the valley where, a Met department spokesman predicted, light rain or snowfall during the next 24 hours.
He said that the sky will remain cloudy during the next two days in Jammu and Kashmir, where light rain or snow will fall at isolated places.
Divisional Disaster Management has issued a fresh avalanche warning in the higher reaches of the valley during the next 24 hours.
The world-famous ski resort of Gulmarg, about 55km from here in north Kashmir, and other heights, including Affarwat Kongdori and Khilanmarg, witnessed fresh snowfall on Wednesday, resulting in drop in minimum temperature which was minus 8.5 degree on Wednesday morning as against yesterday's minus 5.2 degree.
Fresh snowfall was also experienced at Gurez Keran Karnah Machil and other areas, particularly near Line of Control (LoC).
Dozens of far-flung villages remained cut off from the rest of Kashmir valley due to closure of the Sadhna and Razdan passes where fresh snowfall was recorded on Wednesday evening.
Snow and rains lashed Pahalgam, about 100 km from here, in south Kashmir. However, it recorded a temperature of 0.3 degrees.
Moderate to heavy snowfall was recorded at the holy Amarnath cave and its periphery, Sheshnag, Mahaguns, Pisso top and Panjterni on the traditional yatra route.
Qazigund, the gateway of Kashmir on the Srinagar-Jammu highway, and Kokernag and other areas in south Kashmir also received fresh snow and rains.
The summer capital Srinagar recorded 7.9 mm rainfall though minimum temperature was one degree above normal.
However, sun shone on Thurday after morning rains, providing respite from the cold though icy cold winds continued.
Met spokesman said that sky will remain partly cloudy and generally cloudy conditions would prevail till tomorrow evening in Srinagar.
There was no change in minimum temperature in Ladkh region which remained cut off from the rest of the state since December 1 after the Zojila pass was closed for six winter months due to snowfall.
It was minus 4 degree on Thursday morning at Leh while in border town of Kargil on the Srinagar-Leh highway it was minus 4.8 degree.