Srinagar: Weather woes will continue in Jammu and Kashmir as Western Disturbance (WD) is still active in the region, where border town of Kargil was coldest at minus 1.3 degree minimum temperature.
The border town of Kargil and Drass, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded fresh snowfall late last night resulting in considerable drop in the mercury after the maximum temperature was warmer than Srinagar.
Roof and tree tops besides roads and open fields had turned white at border town of Kargil on Srinagar-Leh national highway, closed since December last year, following fresh snowfall last night resulting in drop in the minimum temperature. However, the snow had melted as people woke up this morning.
A Met department spokesman said that against yesterdays 0.8 degree minimum temperature, it was minus 1.3 degree, coldest in the region. However, the town was warmer than Srinagar after the maximum temperature was 13.9 degree at Kargil against 13.2 degree at Srinagar yesterday.
About half a feet of fresh snowfall was experienced at Drass, also a border town which hit the hedlines in 1999 Kargil war. Snowfall affected normal life and traffic movement, a local resident said over phone.
However, the upper reaches near the Line of Control (LoC), including Tololing, Sandu top and Tiger Hill received heavy snowfall. However, the troops remained on alert to foil any infiltration from across the border, where temperatures goes down to minus 35 degree to 40 degree in winter.
Meanwhile, the national highway, connecting the Ladakh region with the Kashmir valley, also received fresh snowfall, particularly at Zojilla pass and Meenmarg. The BEACON has already started snow clearance operation on the highway. The BEACON had earlier announced to put through the traffic a month earlier this time due to less snowfall during winter. However, fresh snowfall in March and during the past few days has affected the snow clearance operation.
Met department spokesman said that weather will remain wet in the Kashmir valley and Jammu region till April 11. There could be isolated, fairly widespread and scattered rain during these days, he predicted.
After recording above normal minimum temperature despite fresh snowfall on upper reaches, including hills surrounding Srinagar, and heavy showers in the plains, people woke up to yet another chilly morning. People continued to wear woolen and warm clothes in the valley, including summer capital, Srinagar, due to cloudy sky coupled with icy cold winds.
The maximum temperature was three to five degree below normal yesterday in the valley, barring at world famous ski resort of Gulmarg where it was four notches above normal.
However, the minimum temperature at the famed ski resort recorded drop due to fresh snowfall. Against yesterdays 1 degree, it was 0.2 degree despite 24.8 mm rain during the past 24 hours.
Pahalgam, base camp of holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalyas, also recorded drop in the minimum temperature though it was still above normal. Against yesterdays 6.8 degree, it was 3.5 degree, 1.5 notches above normal. Qazigund and Kokernag in south Kashmir and Kupwara in north also received light to moderate rain during the past 24 hours. However, the maximum and minimum temperatures remained above normal.
Summer capital, Srinagar, received 3.7 mm rainfall yesterday resulting considerable drop in the temperature as surrounding hills experienced fresh snowfall. The maximum temperature yesterday was 13.2 degree, five degree below normal, which was colder than Leh and Kargil. The minimum temperature in the city was 8.4 degree, more than two notches above normal.
Met spokesman said the sky would be partly cloudy and become generally cloudy later in the day in the city where the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 19 degree and 7 degree respectively during the next 24 hours.