Kashmir receives rains, snowfall

Kashmir receives rains, snowfall

SRINAGAR: Kashmir has been witnessing a fresh spell of rains and snowfall for the last 24 hours leading to an increase in the temperature in the plains.
In Srinagar, temperature increased nearly four degrees from the previous night’s low to settle at 3.1 degrees Celsius, an official of the Meteorological department said.
Gulmarg, the famous ski resort in north Kashmir, received fresh snowfall of around two inches at night, he said.
He said the minimum temperature at the ski-resort, which is the star attraction for tourists visiting the Valley during winter, went up from the previous night’s low of minus 6 degrees Celsius to settle at minus 3.2 degrees Celsius.
The official said barring Gulmarg, mercury in all the places recorded in the Valley settled above freezing point.
He said there were reports of fresh snowfall in many other areas in the higher reaches of the Valley, but the department has no observatories there and does not keep a record of weather at such places.
Most of the areas in the plains of the Valley received intermittent rains overnight with the north Kashmir town of Kupwara recording rainfall of 14.2 mm, he said.
The mercury there registered an increase of nearly three notches and settled at a low of 0.5 degrees Celsius, the official said.
“The temperature in the Valley witnessed rise due to the snowfall and rains, the night temperature of Srinagar city was recorded as 3 degree Celsius, which is four degree increase from that of the previous night,” Metrological office told Kashmir Reader.
The night temperature in the hill resort of Pahalgam in south Kashmir, which serves as a base camp for annual Amarnath yatra, went up over six notches to settle at a low of 1.3 degrees Celsius, the official said.
In Qazigund, the gateway town to Kashmir Valley, mercury increased 1.5 degrees to settle at 2.6 degrees Celsius, he said, adding Kokernag registered a low of 1 degree Celsius.
The official said there is possibility of heavy rains or snowfall at few places in Kashmir over two days.
“There is possibility of moderate to heavy rains and snowfall in some parts of the Valley in the next two days,” MeT office said.

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