SRINAGAR: The winter has set in finally. Ten days ahead of the Chila-ie-Kalan, the upper reaches in Kashmir Valley has snow as the rains continue in the plains of the valley.
Reports said the snow was reported from famous health resorts of Pahalgam and tourist resort of Sonmarg, Gulmarg and Doodhpathri received fresh snowfall. Though the snowfall is light, still the ski related professionals in Gulmarg are happy.
Overnight rains on Monday broke the dry, cold wave conditions in both Kashmir Valley and Jammu region raised the minimum temperatures and broke the dry cold spell prevailing in the state.
Tourist spot Pahalgam, about 100 km from Srinagar in south Kashmir, received about 3 inch of fresh snow since late last night and Tosmadian received 6 inch.
The maximum temperature recorded in the Pahalgam was minus 2.4 and 1.5 in Gulmarg, reports said.
Meanwhile, the upper reaches of valley Gulmag, Doodhpathri, Gurez including Per ki Gali, also received fresh snowfall. Same was reported from Razdan Pass that separates Kashmir from Gurez.
Due to snowfall on higher reaches on Monday disrupted the movement of transport on the historic Mughal Road and Bandipora-Gurez road has been closed for traffic following heavy snowfall on Razdan Top and Gurez valley since late last night.
An official spokesman said the Srinagar Jammu highway is up and running. However, the road to Ladakh is closed.
state chief secretary BB Vyas and state police chief Dr SP Vaid who were in Srinagar left for Jammu in train up to Banihal. officials said they avoided taking a flight because they wanted to see the situation and arrangements on the Jammu Srinagar highway.