Budgam receives season’s first snowfall

Srinagar: Upper reaches of central Kashmir’s Budgam district on Friday received the season’s first snowfall. Famous tourist destinations of Yousmarg, Tosamaidan, Sutharan and Dodhpathri received snowfall, with reports of about three inches of snow accumulating in Yousmarg and five inches of snow at Tosamaidan.
Sitaharan village in the foothills of Tosamaidan also witnessed the season’s first snowfall today. Upper reaches of Khag tehsil and upper areas of Khan Sahab also received the first snowfall of the season.
Moderate rains fell in the plain areas of the district and in many other parts of the Valley. The Met department has forecast dry weather from Sunday.
The Affarwat peaks in Gulmarg received slight snowfall during the night, as did some parts of Sonamarg, a Met official said, adding that the highest rainfall in the day was recorded in Kupwara—5.6 millimetres.
Rainfall in Srinagar during the day was recorded as 1.5mm, while 1.2mm was received in Qazigund town.
Western disturbances are likely to continue but the weather will return to dry from Sunday, the Met official said.
Due to overcast conditions, the minimum temperature at most places across the valley, except Gulmarg and Pahalgam, stayed above the freezing point.
Gulmarg remained the coldest in the valley, with temperature settling at a low of minus 5 degrees Celsius. In Pahalgam, the minimum temperature was recorded at minus 2 degrees Celsius.
Srinagar recorded minimum temperature of 2.9 degrees Celsius, Qazigund of 3 degrees Celsius, and Kokernag of 1 degree Celsius.
The Met official said that on Saturday the weather will remain mostly cloudy, with possibility of light rain.