Srinagar: Ten days ahead of the traditional Chilai Kalan phase of winter, high-altitude regions in Kashmir received fresh snowfall, while rain poured upon the plains, on Monday. The precipitation broke the month-long dry spell prevailing in the Valley.
Many areas in the higher reaches of Kashmir received snowfall during the night, officials at the Meteorological (MeT) Department said. They said Gulmarg, the famous ski-resort in north Kashmir, recorded about six inches of snowfall till 8:30am Monday morning.
The officials said that light snowfall, measured at 3 inches, fell at the other famous tourist resort of Pahalgam in south Kashmir. Snowfall at Tosamaidan was measured at 6 inches.
The overnight rain and snow brought relief from the dry, cold-wave conditions in both Kashmir Valley and Jammu region, and raised the minimum temperatures.
The snowfall also disrupted traffic movement on the historic Mughal Road and the Bandipora-Gurez road, mainly due to the heavy snowfall on Razdan Top and in the Gurez Valley, which began falling since late Monday night.
An official spokesman said that the Srinagar-Jammu highway was up and running. The road to Ladakh, however, had been closed for the winter season.
Higher reaches in the Doodhpathri and Gurez areas, including in Peer ki Gali, received fresh snowfall. The same was reported from Razdan Pass that separates Kashmir from Gurez.
Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of 3.1 degrees Celsius, up by more than four degrees from the previous night’s minus 1.2 degrees Celsius. The city received 4.3mm of rainfall during the night, MeT officials said.
The mercury at all other places in the Valley stayed above the freezing point.
The MeT office has forecast moderate to heavy rains or snowfall at isolated places, especially in the higher regions, over the next two days.