Upper reaches, Gulmarg receives fresh snowfall in Kashmir

Srinagar :  Upper reaches of Kashmir valley including Gulmarg experienced a fresh snowfall while plains lashed by rains resulted in closure of Mughal road connecting Shopian district in south Kashmir to Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu region on Sunday.

Meteorological Department Srinagar forecast of widespread light to moderate rain/snow/traces over Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours and decrease in precipitation in the following two days.

Traditional Mughal road connecting Shopian district in south Kashmir to Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu region was closed for vehicular traffic following a fresh snowfall caused at Peer Ki Gali on Sunday. Srinagar-Sonamarg-Gumri (SSG) road connecting Ladakh Union Territory was also closed due to fresh snowfall on Zojila pass today.

However, traffic on Srinagar-Jammu national highway was playing as usual, a traffic police tweet said.

Famous ski resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir received a mild snowfall much to the delight of the tourists staying there. The tourists were seen enjoying the snow in the valley of meadow on Sunday.

Gulmarg was the coldest place in Kashmir where the minimum temperature plunged to minus 3.6 degree Celsius on Sunday and it also received 16.8mm of rainfall during the period.

Reports of snowfall were also received from north Kashmir parts including Sadhna Top, 6 inches Machhil 2 inches in frontier Kashmir district of Kupwara and Razdan Top and Dawar Gurez in Bandipora district in north Kashmir.

Most parts of Jammu and Kashmir have received moderate rainfall during the night and early morning hours.

Today, mostly cloudy weather is expected with chances of light/moderate rain showers at a few places, however, nothing major is expected, an independent weather observer Faizan Arif told UNI.

He said currently, rain/snow activities have stopped at most places as the system has moved in the east direction. Towards evening/night, rain/snow activities will again pick up and can result in moderate rain/snow showers at many places. Intensity of the system will be maximum over north Kashmir, particularly over Bandipora and Kupwara districts.

He said the Snow chances are less in plains as the temperatures are not favorable, however more rain showers are on the cards, he added.

A Western Disturbance is expected to occur on November 9-10 and may cause light to moderate rain/snow at many places, particularly on November 10, he said.

The minimum temperature dipped further in Kashmir valley following snowfall and rains. Srinagar recorded a minimum to 5.2 degree Celsius on Sunday and it also received 26.1mm of rainfall during the period.