Intermittent snow continues in upper reaches, rain lashes plains in Kashmir

BK Desk/Srinagar
November 18, 2017 0 Comments TOP STORIES 109 Views
Intermittent snow continues in upper reaches, rain lashes plains in Kashmir

Intermittent snowfall continued for the second successive day today in upper reaches, including world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, while heavy rain lashed plains in Kashmir, resulting in considerable drop in the day temperature.
The mercury during the night remained above normal at majority of the places in the valley, barring Gulmarg, due to overcast conditions while day became chilly due to drop in the maximum temperature following wet weather.
A Met department spokesperson told UNI that light rain and snow would occur at few places during the next 48 hours in the state, which could resulting in further dip in the maximum temperature.
Even though there was marginal improvement in the night temperature at Leh in Ladakh, it was still the coldest place in the region at minus 6.4 degree followed by border town of Kargil at minus 6 degree.
Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, received intermittent snowfall Friday. “There were few inches of fresh snowfall. It has been snowing intermittently since yesterday much to the delight of the tourists, who are having a blast,” a hotelier told UNI over the phone.
Summer capital, Srinagar, received rain heavy rain since this morning, resulting in further dip in the maximum temperature. The night temperature in Srinagar remained constant at 2.9 degree, about 2 notches above normal. The rain has come as a major relief ending an over four month long dry spell. The water level in Jhelum and its tributaries has gone up after the bottom of the river was visible at many places due to the dry spell.
The night temperature at the ski resort witnessed an improvement of about two degree from yesterday due to cloudy skies though it was still the coldest place in Kashmir valley. Against minus 5.6 degree recorded yesterday, the night temperature at Gulmarg was minus 3.8 degree, about 3 notches below normal.
The night temperature at world famous health resort of Pahalgam, which received fresh rain, dipped slightly though it was still above normal. Against 1.4 degree recorded yesterday, the night temperature was minus 0.6 degree.
However, the upper reaches in Pahalgam, including Chandanwari, the last motorable halting station for Amarnath cave shrine on traditional yatra route, received fresh light to moderate snowfall.
Meanwhile, Amarnath cave shine and its periphery besides Sheshnag, Mahagung, Pisso top and Panjterni also received snowfall.
Another health resort of Sonamarg on Srinagar-Leh national highway also received fresh snowfall since early this morning, resulting in chilly weather conditions. Baltal, base camp of Amarnath yatra from shortest yatra route also received fresh snowfall.
Intermittent rain also lashed Qazigund, gateway to Kashmir valley, resulting in chilly weather conditions. However, despite rain, the 300-km-long Srinagar-Jammu national highway was through for traffic.
Meanwhile, the night temperature at Kupwara witnessed an improvement of a degree from yesterday and settled at 2.6 degree due to overcast conditions.

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