Upper reaches of Kashmir receive snowfall while rains lash plains

Upper reaches of Kashmir receive snowfall while rains lash plains
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Srinagar: The upper reaches across the Kashmir valley experienced fresh snowfall while rains lashed plains, including summer capital, Srinagar, resulting in decrease in the maximum temperature, disrupting normal life on Wednesday.

However, the minimum temperature witnessed a surge due to overcast sky in the valley, where the amount of snowfall recorded earlier this month broke the record of 32 years.

It was snowing since early this morning, much to the delight of skiers, adventure lovers and traders associated with tourism who expect bumper winter season this time after low footfall of tourists in summer.

The upper heights, including Khilanmarg, Kongdori and Khilanmarg, connected by Gandola Cable Car (GCC) from the base camp, recorded heavy snowfall and it was still snowing at the time of filing this report.

Border town of Keran, Karnah, Machil, Neeru, Gurez and other areas, including those near the Line of Control (LoC) also received moderate to heavy snowfall. Dozens of far-flung and remote areas in Kupwara and Bandipora district were cut off with their respective district and tehsil headquarters due to closure roads following snowfall.

All upper heights in south Kashmir district of Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama also received fresh snowfall. The historic Mughal road, connecting Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region, remained closed for the past three days due to snowfall. Fresh snowfall was also recorded at several places, including Pir-ki-Gali, reports reaching here said.

Tourist resort of Sonamarg on Srinagar-Leh highway, which is closed for the past three days, also received fresh snowfall. Fresh snowfall was also received at Baltal, which serves as base camp for annual pilgrimage to holy Amarnath cave in summer.

Moderate to heavy snowfall was also experienced at upper reaches in Ganderbal, Kangan, Yusmarg in central Kashmir districts of Ganderbal and Badgam.