Kashmir plains received season’s first snowfall

Srinagar
Kashmir’s  plains received the season’s first snowfall as most areas in the Valley and its plains received overnight snow and rains that provided much-needed relief from the intense cold on Monday overnight.
Non-local workers walking at Lal Chowk amid snowfall
KL  image by Bilal Bahadur

Srinagar recorded snow and rains equivalent to rainfall 3.5 cm, an official of the Meteorological Department said.

Gulmarg, the star attraction for tourists visiting the Valley during winter, recorded about 2 feet of snow overnight Monday, the official said.
The official said around two feet of snow was recorded in the peripheral areas of the resort including in the areas of Khilanmarg, Kongdoori and Apperwath.
SMC worker carrying garbage at Lal Chowk
Kl Image By Bilal Bahadur

The other areas which witnessed snowfall included Ganderbal, Keran, Machil, Karnah, Gurez, Shopian, Sonamarg and Amarnath cave along with surrounding areas.

The famous health resort of Pahalgam in south Kashmir, which serves as a base camp for the annual Amarnath Yatra, received 2 ft snow, including the Qazigund and Kokernag areas of south Kashmir, also received 13 cm snow, the official said, adding that the resort recorded a low of 0.2 degrees Celsius.
A prolonged dry spell ended yesterday as high altitude areas, including Gulmarg, experienced snow while most of the plains were lashed by rains.
MET department has predicted more rains and snow for today and tomorrow, “there will be more rains and snow in coming two days,” Met official said.
Snow covered Gulmarg on Monday 11 December 2017
PHOTO BY BILAL BAHADUR

The Srinagar Jammu highway was also closed for vehicular traffic on Monday as a precautionary measure due to continuous snowfall and rains.

 Traffic authorities have also suspended traffic on Mughal road, connecting the twin Poonch and Rajouri districts a precautionary measure in view of the weather forecast predicting moderate to heavy snowfall for more two days.

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