Upper reaches witness light snowfall, plains enjoy summer like conditions

Srinagar, Jan 5: The upper reaches of the Kashmir valley experienced fresh light to moderate snowfall while people in plains continued to enjoy summer like condition following above normal maximum temperature although the night remained chilly in Kashmir valley, where famed ski resort of Gulmarg was coldest at minus 9.
There was no change in the night temperature at the border town of Kargil, where the mercury remained at minus 20 degree while mercury at Leh surged and settled at minus 10.3 degree.
“The weather will remain dry in Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours as the Western Disturbance (WD) which was active in the region turned weak. There will be no change in the weather during the subsequent two days,” a Met department spokesman told UNI.
“The upper reaches, including Kongdori, Khilanmarg and Affarwat, the highest skiing point, connected by Cable Car, from base camp received light to moderate snowfall since last night. There was very light snow at Gulmarg Friday morning, where the ski slopes are already under several feet of snow,” a hotel owner said.
He said large number of skiers, tourists and other adventure lovers from different parts of the country besides locals remained out on the snow covered slopes from morning till late in the night.
The Met spokesperson said skies will be partly cloudy during the next 24 hours in Leh, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 0 degree and minus 13 degree, respectively.
He said due to fresh snowfall, the minimum temperature recorded three degree drop at the ski resort. Against minus 6 degree recorded on Thursday, the night temperature at Gulmarg was minus 9 degree, about two notches below normal.
World famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, received fresh light snow since late last night, though the night temperature witnessed some improvement. Against minus 4.5 degree recorded on Thursday, the night temperature at Pahalgam was minus 4 degree.
The upper reaches in Pahalgam, including Chandanwari, the last motorable halting station for Amarnath cave shrine on traditional yatra route, also received fresh snowfall. Amarnath cave shine and its periphery, besides Sheshnag, Mahagung, Pisso top and Panjterni, also received light to moderate snowfall.