Srinagar: Saturday felt like the beginning of the fabled long and harsh winter in the Valley.
The Valley remained under the cover of dark clouds throughout the day. Rainfall, which was light during the first half of the day intensified in the afternoon. Tourist spots, Gulmarg and Sonamarg, received the first snowfall of the season.
According to the local meteorological department here, a rainfall of 1.9mm was recorded in Srinagar from 8:30 am to 5:30pm. It recorded the maximum temperature of 13 degrees Celsius against a normal of 21 degrees Celsius for this time of the year.
Director Meteorological department Sonam Lotus said the rainy spell will last till Tuesday, adding that heavy rainfall is expected during the night today. Lotus had on Friday forecasted a four-day-long wet spell.
People in Kupwara also woke up to a cloudy morning which was followed by rain and it recorded highest drop of 10 degree Celsius in day temperature.
The north Kashmir district also recorded a rainfall of 10mm during the day, second highest after Gulmarg which also recorded season’s first snowfall. The world famous ski-resort has a rain or snow equivalent to 15.8mm, the weatherman said.
However, official sources said that there was moderate snowfall at its upper reaches including Affarwat and adjoining areas. Due to the inclement weather, the mercury plunged to by 7 degrees in the resort, recording 6.4 against the 13 degrees Celsius normal for this time of the year.
Qazigund, the gateway town to Kashmir, recorded a maximum of 15.2 against normal of 21 degrees Celsius.
The maximum temperature in Pahalgam tourist resort was recorded at 13 against normal of 18 degree Celsius while Kokernag mercury rose to 13.3 against usual 20 degrees Celsius.
Meanwhile, officials said that snowfall was recorded also in Zojilla and Peerkigali besides other upper reaches of the Valley.
The weatherman has already issued an advisory, warning moderate to heavy rains and fresh snowfall over the higher reaches during the next three more days (till October 27) in the state.
The weather condition may trigger landslides and blockage of roads in vulnerable areas of the state, particularly along Srinagar-Jammu, Srinagar-Leh and Leh-Manali highways, the meteorological department said, adding that the weather system may also disrupt surface and air transport.