SRINAGAR — Plains in Kashmir Valley received more rains while upper reaches including the world famous skiing resort of Gulmarg received fresh snowfall, bringing mercury considerably down.
An official from meteorological department said that Srinagar received 37.4mm of rain in the last 24 hours. While it recorded a low of 4.6°C against 8.6°C on the previous night. The temperature was 4.3°C below normal in the capital for this time of the season.
Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, received 15.4mm of rain during the time and recorded a low of 3.6°C against previous night’s 4.6°C.
Pahalgam, the famous tourist resort in south Kashmir, received 21.4mm of rain and recorded a low of 0.8°C against 3.3°C on the previous night.
Kokernag received 13.3mm of rain during the time and recorded a low of 1.8°C against previous night’s 3.7°C.
Kupwara had 11.0 mm of rain and recorded a low of 3.7°C against 5.0°C on the previous night, the official said.
Gulmarg, the world famous skiing resort in Baramulla district of north Kashmir, received 29.0cm (near one foot) of fresh snowfall in the last 24 hours.
The resort recorded a low of minus 2.0°C against minus 0.5°C on the previous night.
Reports of snowfall have been received from other upper reaches of the Valley also.
The MeT office has forecast “isolated to scattered light rain/thunderstorm over Jammu and Kashmir divisions” in the next 24 hours.
Director Meteorological Department, Sonam Lotus, said while it was cloudy, the weather is expected to “mainly dry” from April 24 till the end of the month.
“Snowfall is expected on Drass-Zojila, rain on Banihal-Ramban route today,” he said.
Regarding Ladakh, he said the weather is mainly cloudy with snowfall on higher reaches.
“Weather is likely to improve gradually towards late afternoon. Mainly dry weather is expected from 24th till ending April. However, light snowfall at isolated places on higher reaches can’t be ruled out.” (GNS)