Valley hills get fresh snow, rains in plains

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RAYEES MAGRAY

SRINAGAR: Upper reaches in the valley received fresh snowfall while as the plains including capital Srinagar witnessed light to moderate rainfall since last night.
Fresh snowfall was witnessed in tourist resorts Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonamarg and other hilly areas including in Razdhan Pass, Sadna Top and Furkiyan Top along with Zojila.
The hills turned white after the fresh snowfall and temperatures dropped across the valley forcing the people to reclaim the warmer clothes again.
Temperatures had improved over the last week making people shun the warm clothes.
Assistant Director Met Department, Mukther Ahmad told Kashmir Reader that the temperature would improve from tomorrow and “will remain dry for few days in Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh”.
“Under the influence of a western disturbance in the state, many places in the valley may receive light to moderate rain and snow during the next 24 hours,” Mukhtar said.
Temperature in Srinagar dropped by 3.7 degrees and settled at 11.0 degrees celsius, Pahalgam recorded 9.0 degrees Celsius, Kupwara 7.2 degrees celsius; Qazigund recorded a maximum of 11.0 degrees celsius, Gulmarg 8.0 degrees Celsius and Kokernag 10.8 degrees Celsius respectively.
SSP Traffic Rural Kashmir, Aijaz Ahmad said that despite inclement weather, the 260-km Srinagar-Jammu highway remained open for vehicular traffic
“If the weather remains clear the traffic will ply from Jammu to Srinagar tomorrow” Ahmad said.