Srinagar: Gulmarg and other higher reaches of Kashmir Valley received fresh snowfall while rains lashed other parts, weatherman said on Friday.
An official from meteorological department said that Gulmarg, the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir received 2.5cms of snow in last 24 hours till 0830 hours.
The resort, venue for the second Khelo India Winter Games beginning today, recorded a low of minus 0.8°C against minus 0.6°C earlier night. Other higher reaches of the Valley also received fresh snowfall.
Srinagar recorded a low of 8.0°C against 7.4°C on the previous night. The temperature was 6.5 degrees Celsius above the normal for this time of the year in Srinagar, rainfall was also recorded during the time.
Qazigund recorded a low of 5.7°C against 6.6°C on the previous night while it had 1.2mm of rainfall during the time.
The mercury settled at 3.0°C at Pahalgam against 3.2°C on the earlier night while it recorded 3.5mm of rainfall during the time.
Kokernag recorded a low of 5.2°C against 5.5°C on the previous night and had a rainfall of 0.8mm.
The minimum temperature settled at 4.4°C in Kupwara against 5.2°C on the previous night and recorded rainfall of 14.6mm, highest anywhere during the time, he said.
Sonam Lotus, Director Meteorological Department, said widespread light to moderate rain with thunderstorm (hail in Jammu region) and snow on higher reaches is expected on February 26.
“On February 27, there is possibility of light rain/snow on higher reaches at scattered places of J&K while there is possibility of isolated light rain or snow on February 28, “ he said, adding, “Places like Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Zojila,Banihal Top may receive half foot of snow.” (GNS)