Weatherman predicts dry weather this week in Kashmir

Highway opened for one way traffic, later closed after fresh landslides

BK Correspondent/Srinagar
March 13, 2017 TOP STORIES 345 Views
Weatherman predicts dry weather this week in Kashmir

Fresh snowfall on hills surrounding summer capital, Srinagar last evening, resulted in chill during the night while sun was playing hide and seek today.
Zabarwan and Mahadev hills overlooking Dal Lake besides Shankarchariya in the heart of the city had turned white due to fresh snowfall last night resulting drop in the minimum temperature.
Mercury remained below freezing point in Leh and border town of Kargil in Ladakh region.
A Met department spokesman said here this afternoon that light rain or snow could occur at isolated places over the Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours.
During the subsequent 48 hours there could be isolated rain or snow in the state, he said.
Gulmarg, the world famous ski resort in north Kashmir was coldest in the region following 3.2 cm snowfall which had resulted in considerable drop in the minimum temperature. Against yesterdays minus 7.4 degree minimum temperature recorded yesterday, it was minus 12 degree, nine notches below normal.
Moderate to heavy snowfall was received on all upper heights, including Kongdori, Khilanmarg and Affarwat, the highest skiing point connected by Gandola Cable Car (GCC) with base camp Gulmarg.
Famed health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir also witnessed fresh snowfall during the past 24 hours with the result the minimum temperature witnessed a dip. Against yesterdays minus 2 degree, it was minus 2.3 degrees, more than a notch below normal.
However, the holy Amarnath cave shrine and its periphery besides Panjterni, Pisso top, Sheshnag and Mahaguns and Chandanwari, the last motorable halting station on traditional Pahalgam yatra route received moderate to heavy snowfall during the past 24 hours.
There was also fresh snowfall on historic Mughal road, linking Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region.
Reports of fresh snowfall and rain were also received from south Kashmir, including Shopian, Kulgam, Qazigund and Kokernag.
The minimum temperature was also sub zero at Kupwara minus 0.3 degree and Kokernag minus 0.8 degree following fresh snow and rain.
Though sun was playing hide and seek in Srinagar, but icy cold winds also continued because of fresh snowfall on all surrounding hills, including Zabarwan, Mahadev and Shankarachiaya, clearly visible from Dal Lake and other areas in the city.
Met spokesman said there was 8.9 mm rain and snowfall during the past 24 hours in the city where against yesterdays 1 degree minimum temperature it was minus 0.2 degree, a notch below normal. Due to intermittent rain and snow during the day the maximum temperature in the city was 7.5 degree, seven notches blow normal.
He said the sky would be partly cloudy and the maximum temperature would be around 9 degree, still five notches below normal while the minimum would be around minus 1, two notches below normal during the next 24 hours.
There was major drop in the minimum temperature at Kargil while it witnessed about a notch at Leh in Ladakh region, which remained cut off from the Kashmir valley due to closure of the only road link since December last year.
He said against yesterdays minimum temperature of minus 4 degree, it was minus 7.6 degree at Kargil while at Leh it was minus 5.7 degrees against yesterdays minus 6.9 degrees.
The sky would be partly cloudy and the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 7 and minus 7 degree respectively during the next 24 hours at Leh.

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