Srinagar: Higher reaches of Kashmir Valley including Gulmarg — the world-famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district — accumulated fresh snow while as plains received rainfall with Kupwara district recording highest downpour in the last 24 hours.
Quoting official sources, Global News Service (GNS) reported that Srinagar recorded 3.7 mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours up to 8:30 on Monday morning while as it recorded a night temperature of 2.3 degree Celsius.
Qazigund — the gateway town of Kashmir — received rainfall of 16.2 mm, Pahalgam 15.0 mm (1 cm snow), Kupwara 34.4 mm, Kokernag 8.2 mm, Konibal 5.5 mm, Anantnag 16.2 mm, Bandipora 1 mm, Budgam 2 mm while Gulmarg recorded rain/snow equivalent to 30.6 mm. “There was fresh snowfall of 19 cm (6.3 inches) at Gulmarg in last 24 hours, the officials said.
Jammu division received 26.6 mm of rainfall during the last 24 hours while Banihal had 37.4 mm of rainfall (also 1.5 cm snow), Batote 33.6 mm, Katra 35.2 mm, Bhaderwah 15.2 mm, Kathua 20.2 mm, Udhampur 72.8 mm, Kishtwar 12 mm, Samba 23 mm and Reasi 5 mm.
A meteorological department official told GNS that mercury plunged to minus 0.2 degree Celsius in Kupwara while Gulmarg remained the coldest place in the entire J&K as it recorded a night temperature of minus 3.0 degree Celsius.
While the officials said the Jammu-Srinagar highway was open for one-way traffic, latest reports suggest it has been now closed due to slippery road conditions and shooting stones.
Mughal road and Srinagar-Leh highway too remained closed.
The meteorological department has predicted mainly dry weather from tomorrow even as it predicted “scattered light
rain/snow/thundershowers over J&K and isolated light rain/snow over Ladakh region” in next 24 hours. GNS