Kashmir valley receives fresh snowfall

Srinagar

The intense cold wave has decreased Saturday after Kashmir Valley received fresh snowfall.

Severe cold wave sweeping the Valley was broken as the minimum temperatures rose after fresh snowfall, an official said.

A view of famous skiing resort Gulmarg on Saturday after a fresh snowfall.
KL Image by Bilal Bahadur

“A western disturbance (WD) is presently active over the state under whose influence moderate to heavy snowfall is likely to occur in the valley till January 23 after which the intensity of the WD will start decreasing,” he said.

Fresh snowfall occurred everywhere in the Valley including Srinagar city which received snow.

Higher reaches, including Gulmarg, Pahalgam, Sonamarg, and other places, received moderate snowfall on Saturday.

Srinagar recorded 4 cm snow, Gulmarg in north Kashmir received 9.9 inch snow, Pahalgam received 1cm, Kupwara received 10 cm, Kokernag received 1.5 cm and Qazigund received 4 cm.

The Srinagar-Jammu Highway was through for one-way traffic while Srinagar-Leh and other roads remained closed due to accumulation of snow.

The minimum temperature was minus 2.0 degrees Celsius in Srinagar while the mercury in Qazigund in south Kashmir settled at a low of minus 3.4 degrees Celsius.

Gulmarg, the famous skiing resort in north Kashmir, recorded a low of minus 7.0 degrees Celsius.

The night temperature in Pahalgam – the famous health resort which also serves as one of the base camps for the annual Amarnath Yatra – settled at a low of minus 4.4 degrees.

Kokernag town recorded a low of minus 4.5 degrees Celsius while Kupwara town in north Kashmir registered a low of minus 0.8 degrees Celsius last night.

Leh recorded minus 9.2 degree Celsius and Kargil minus 18.9 degrees as the minimum temperatures.

Jammu recorded a low of 8.3 degrees Celsius while Batote recorded 3.9, Banihal recorded 2.3, and Bhaderwah recorded 1.3 degree Celsius.

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