Kashmir capital city Srinagar receives season’s first snowfall

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Srinagar

Srinagar witnessed the first snowfall of the season today on Thursday, while the higher reaches of Kashmir, including Gulmarg and Sonamarg tourist resorts, received the first snowfall of the season on Wednesday bringing down the mercury by more than 10 degrees.

A view of Ganta Ghar Lal Chowk as Srinagar receives season’s first snowfall on Thursday November 7, 2019.
KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

Last time Srinagar had witnessed snowfall in the month of November was in 2018.  This is fifth time since 2000 when Srinagar recorded snowfall in November. It was earlier in 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2018 reveal records available with meteorological department.

Reports said that due to the snowfall, two flights were cancelled at the Srinagar airport, while other flights were delayed due to congestion.

An official of the MeT department said that the plains of the valley started receiving the first snow of the season during the preceding night. He said that the snowfall was very light.”Snowfall was witnessed in higher reaches of Kashmir valley including Gulmarg and Sonamarg in the wee hours today (Wednesday) while the city and other plains were lashed by rainfall,” an official of the MET department said.

The metrological department has forecast that Srinagar will witness a maximum temperature of 10° Celsius and a minimum temperature of 5° Celsius on Thursday.

The winter chill has set in early this year in Kashmir as the maximum temperature during the last couple of days has settled a couple of degrees below normal for this time of the season, said an official.

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