Srinagar: The intermittent rains and mild snowfall in upper reaches continued to lash Valley for the second consecutive day on Saturday while the Meteorological (MeT) department predict dry spell from Sunday afternoon.
Deputy Director MeT department, Mukhtar Ahmad told ‘Kashmir Vision’ that besides rains, in plains, the higher reaches including Gulmarg and Pahalgam received a fresh snowfall in the intervening night of Friday-Saturday.
Ahmad said that at 08:30 am in the morning, about three inches of snowfall was recorded at Gulmarg, the world famous ski-resort.
He said that the department is predicting improvement in the weather conditions from Sunday forenoon.
“The dry spell which would start from Sunday forenoon will continue for next one week,” he said.
He also informed that the temperature which went down from last few days would go up again.
“The day as well as the night temperature would increase after Sunday,” he said.
The official said there are reports of snowfall in other areas in the higher reaches of the valley like Kupwara, Zojila, Shopian, Gurez and several other areas.
He said the plains in the valley received intermittent rains for the second day today.
Kupwara, in north Kashmir, recorded the highest rainfall of 51 mm, while Srinagar the summer capital of the state recorded 4.2 mm of rainfall.
Ahmad further said that so far, this winter season witnessed less rain or snowfall as compared to the previous year.
“The rainfall of 46-47 mm was recorded in the month of February, which was too low,” he said, adding that department was predicting rainfall of at least 65 mm in the last month.