Upper reaches receive fresh snowfall, rain lashes plains in Kashmir

Srinagar: The upper reaches, including Apharwat mountain in the world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, received fresh snowfall, while light rain lashed Srinagar and other plains in Kashmir valley, resulting in dip in the mercury.
A Met department spokesperson told UNI that light rain and thundershowers would occur at isolated places in Kashmir valley during the next 24 hours.
The upper reaches of Gulmarg, 55 km from here in north Kashmir, received fresh light snowfall on Thursday evening, much to the delight of skiers and tourists, who were seen waiting in long queues to get their turn to ride Gandola cable car.
β€œKhilanmarg and Apharwat, the highest point of the cable car project in Gulmarg, received fresh light snowfall on Thursday evening while main Gulmarg received rain on Friday. But the dip in the day temperature, didn’t deter the tourists who were enjoying themselves,” a hotelier told UNI over the phone.
The night temperature in the ski resort dipped about 3 degree from Thursday and settled at a degree, which is about 5 degree below normal.
Skies were cloudy at world famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 from here in south Kashmir, resulting in dip in the minimum and maximum temperature.
However, the upper reaches in Pahalgam, including Chandanwari, the last motorable halting station for Amarnath cave shrine on traditional yatra route, received fresh light to moderate snowfall. Amarnath cave shine and its periphery besides Sheshnag, Mahagung, Pisso top and Panjterni also received fresh snowfall.
The mercury at Pahalgam dipped and settled at 3.2 degree, against 3.9 degree recorded on Thursday. The minimum temperature in the health resort was over a degree below normal.
Light rain lashed the summer capital, Srinagar, resulting in considerable dip in the day temperature. However, as the day progressed, sun played hide and seek though ice cold winds continued in Srinagar, where night temperature dipped slightly and settled at 7.2 degree, which is over a degree below normal.
The night temperature at Qazigund, gateway to the valley, Kupwara in north Kashmir and another tourist resort Kukernag dipped and settled at 5.6 degree, 7.1 degree and 5.2 degree, respectively.



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