Rainfall in plains and first major snowfall in upper reaches on Thursday plummeted day temperature in Kashmir valley, engulfing the valley in a cold wave.
Showers started in the valley on Thursday evening and upper reaches witnessed heavy snowfall. Srinagar recorded maximum of 6.3 degree Celsius, several notches down than the normal. However, night temperature improved from minus 1.7 degree Celsius to 3.3 degree Celsius.
The meteorological department forecast cloudy day on Friday.
The rainfall, however, did not have any impact on the traffic on Srinagar-Jammu national highway. “The highway was open for traffic. Air traffic remained normal, with all flights operating, on time,” said a government spokesman.
In view of snowfall and slippery conditions of Tangmarg-Gulmarg road, Kashmir divisional commissioner Kashmir Asgar Hassan Samoon ordered that only vehicles with 4x4 facility or vehicles fitted with anti-skid chains on tyres, shall be allowed to move from Tangmarg to Gulmarg.
Gulmarg, Tangmarg, Sonamarg, Machil, Tangdhar, Gurez, Pahalgam, Zanaskar experienced light to moderate snowfall on Thursday.
Gulmarg recorded 1 to 1.5 feet, Gurez 1 foot, Pahlagam 4 to 6 inches, Zojila got around 2 feet snow. The roads leading to Kargil, Machil, Tangdhar, Gurez, Zanaskar remained closed on Thursday.
Heavy snowfall along the Line of Control ( LoC) since last evening also prompted authorities to suspend traffic on the roads connecting the border towns of Gurez, Machil, Karnah, Tangdhar and Keran, the officials said.
While Drass recorded two inches of snow till this afternoon, Kargil which was the coldest place in the state with a low of minus 5.8 degrees celsius witnessed mild snowfall, they said.