The higher reaches of Kashmir valley and Ladakh region received fresh snowfall today even as the minimum temperature rose by several degrees bringing relief to the residents.
Many places in the higher reaches of Kashmir and Ladakh, including Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Banihal and Drass, received fresh snowfall during the night, an official of the MeT department said on Monday.
The plains of the Valley, including Srinagar, received rainfall and the overcast conditions led to an increase in the minimum temperature, he added.
Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of 1.8 °C over one degree up from the previous night's 0.3 °C, the official said.
The mercury in Qazigund, the gateway town to Kashmir valley, settled at 0.8 °C, up by over 6 degrees from -5.6 °C from the previous night.
The town received 3.2 mm of rainfall till 8:30 am.
The mercury in the tourist resort of Pahalgam increased by over 3 °C to settle at a low of 0.2 °C against -3.2 °C from the previous night, the official said, adding the resort recorded 2.4 mm rainfall.
The famous ski-resort of Gulmarg recorded a low of -3.2 °C, same as the previous night. The resort received 6 inches of snow.
The mercury in Kokernag, in south Kashmir, went up by over 3 °C from the previous night's minimum of
-3.7 °C to settle at a low of -0.1 °C last night.
Kupwara, in north Kashmir, recorded a low of 0.4 °C and received 1 cm of snow along with 12.9 mm of rainfall during the night.
Leh, in the frontier region of Ladakh, recorded a low of -6.4 °C over 3 °C up from the previous night's -10.0 °C. The mercury in the nearby Kargil town jumped by almost 10 °C to settle at a low of -10.2 °C as compared to -19.0 °C the previous night.
The MeT department has said heavy rainfall or snowfall may occur at isolated places of Kashmir division over the next 24 hours.