SRINAGAR — Upper reaches of Kashmir Valley including Gulmarg received light snowfall while rains lashed plains.
The weatherman has issued an advisory for moderate to heavy rains or snowfall in the Valley for three days with ‘main activity’ on Tuesday and Wednesday.
An official from meteorological department said that Srinagar received 1.1mm of rainfall in the last 24 hours. The mercury settled at 7.2°C same as recorded on the previous night which is above 0.8°C normal for this time of the year in the summer capital.
Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, received 0.6mm of rain during the time and it recorded a low of 7.2°C against 4.2°C on the previous night.
Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, had 7.4mm of rain while it recorded a minimum temperature of 4.8°C against 1.0°C on the earlier night.
Kokernag received 0.8mm of rain and recorded a low of 5.7°C against previous night’s 4.0°C.
Kupwara had 7.8mm of rain while the north Kashmir district recording a low of 5.2°C against 4.0°C on the previous night, the official said.
Gulmarg received 7.8mm of rain and light snowfall of 0.2cm depth during the time while it recorded a minimum temperature of minus 0.6°C against 0.5°C on the previous night.
In view of a fresh western disturbance, the weatherman has forecast fresh rains or snow for next three days with main activity during April 6 and 7.
“A fresh western disturbance has affected the Jammu & Kashmir and light rain thunder on 5th April and main activity (moderate rain/ snow/ thunderstorms with gusty winds 30-40 KMPH) is expected on 6th & 7th April,” reads an advisory issued by the meteorological department.
“The system is likely to cause heavy rain / snow mainly in upper reaches of Kashmir (Gulmarg, Sonmarg, Baramulla, Bandipora ( Gurez & Tulail valley) and Kupwara (Karnah Sector), Shopian, Qazigund-Banihal axis, Pirpanjal Range of Jammu Division, Dras ( Gumri & Minamarg) and Zanskar subdivision of Ladakh”.
The probable impacts, the advisory says includes ‘temporary disruption’ of surface traffic mainly on Jammu-Srinagar and Srinagar-Leh Highway (Zojila Pass), Leh-Manali Highway, Mughal Road, and Sadhna pass on April 6 and 7.
There is also possibility of landslides and shooting stones at vulnerable spots on Jammu- Srinagar and Srinagar-Leh Highway, the advisory said.
“There would be temporary water logging in low lying areas in Kashmir Valley,” it said. The other impacts include suspension of agricultural and horticultural operations and dip in day temperatures. (GNS)