Rains lash valley, fresh snowfall in hills


The upper reaches, including the world-famous ski resort of Gulmarg, received fresh snowfall, while rains lashed summer capital, Srinagar, and other plains in Kashmir valley.

Fresh Snowfall at Pahalgam area of South Kashmir’s Islamabad district. KL Image by Shah Hilal

A Met department spokesperson said that light to moderate rain and snow would occur at many places during the next 24 hours in the state under the influence of a Western Disturbance (WD) which is active in the region.

The intermittent rains continued in Kashmir since Wednesday bringing down the temperature in the Valley. The hills across Kashmir had fresh snowfall.

Zojila and Sonamarg areas of Central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district received fresh snowfall.

A BRO official said that if weather allows the snow clearance process will soon touch the zero point at KM-108 of Srinagar-Leh highway to facilitate the re-opening of the highway.

The upper reaches in North Kashmir including Razdhan Pass, Sadna Top and Furkiyan Top also witnessed fresh snowfall.

Snow cutter clearing road at Pahalgam on Thursday.
KL Image by Shah Hilal

The rains in Kashmir led to drop in the temperatures across Kashmir and it stayed below normal. The normal temperature in Srinagar dropped by 3.7 degrees and settled at 11.0 degrees Celsius. Qazigund recorded a maximum of 11.0 degrees Celsius, Pahalgam 9.0 degrees Celsius, Kupwara 7.2 degrees Celsius, Kokernag 10.8 degrees Celsius and Gulmarg 8.0 degrees Celsius.

The officials here issued a fresh avalanche warning in Kashmir after snowfall in the hills.

Snow covered view of  Gulmarg 

“On the basis of information received from SASE, Medium danger avalanche warning has been issued for Kupwara-Chowkibal-Tanghdar, Bara-mulla, Gulmarg, Furkian-Z Gali, Gurez and Bandipora,” said a spokesman.

“Low danger warning has been issued for Poonch, Rajouri, Reasi, Ramban, Doda, Kishtwar Udhampur, Anantnag, Kulgam, Budgam, Ganderbal, Kargil, Leh districts and Srinagar-Jammu highway.”

People living in these avalanche-prone areas have been advised by the disaster management authority to take precautionary measures.


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