Snowfall in Gulmarg as western disturbance approach Kashmir

KL Report

SRINAGAR

Fresh snowfall was witnessed in Tangmarg and Gulmarg areas of North Kashmir after western disturbances hit valley on Wednesday.

As per an eyewitness around 8 inches of snowfall was recorded in Gulmarg and six inches in Tangmarg.

The temperature in Srinagar and other parts of Kashmir will drop further by four to five degrees, Director Met department Sonam Lotus said this afternoon.

A weak Western Disturbance, originating in Arabian Sea and entering the region through Afghanistan and Pakistan will hit the Kashmir valley and Ladakh region today. This could result in light snowfall on upper heights, including upper reaches of world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, Gumri, Sonamarg and areas near the Line of Control (LoC), said Lotus.

However, there is almost no possibility of rain or snowfall in the plains, where the maximum temperature will drop by four to five degrees, Lotus said. He said the region has not received any strong Western Disturbance which could have caused heavy snowfall or rain.

Lotus, however, said it cannot be said as abnormal. “Last year we received first snowfall on December 13,” he said adding that this year we had rain in the month of November.

The sky will remain cloudy today but will again improve from tomorrow, he said. The night temperature remained below normal in the Kashmir valley, where Pahalgam was coldest at minus 4.5 degree.

People in the Ladakh region continued to shiver at minus 11.4 degree minimum temperature at Leh while Kargil recorded minus 4.8 degree.

A Met department spokesman said the people in the summer capital, Srinagar, continued to shiver during the night though there was some improvement in the minimum temperature. Against yesterdays minus 2.1 degree, it was minus 1.4 degree, again 0.4 degree below normal.

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