Srinagar: The upper reaches in the Kashmir valley experienced fresh moderate to heavy snowfall for the second day on Saturday while plains, including summer capital, Srinagar, were lashed by rain disrupting normal life due to further drop in the mercury.
A Met department spokesman said here this afternoon that light to moderate rain or snow could occur at most places in the Kashmir valley and many places in Jammu division and scattered places in Ladakh region during the next 24 hours.
During the subsequent two days there could be isolated rain or snow and thundershowers to mainly dry weather in the Jammu and Kashmir, he told UNI.
The world famous ski resort of Gulmarg, about 55 km from here, experienced fresh snowfall since last night due to which the minimum temperature recorded drop and settle at minus 3 degree. The snow covered slopes are ready to receive skiers and other adventure lovers. Tree and roof tops besides open fields and roads are under several inches of snow. Large number of skiers and tourists from different parts of the country and abroad were out on slopes to enjoy snowfall early this morning.
Heavy snowfall was also recorded at Affarwat, the highest skiing point, connected by Gandola Cable Car (GCC) from Gulmarg base camp, Kongdori and Khilanmarg. Everything was covered under a white blanket.
All heights in entire north Kashmir, including areas near Line of Control (LoC), also received fresh snowfall during the past 24 hours. Due to snowfall Dozens of far flung and remote areas, including those near LoC, in the frontier district of Kupwara and Bandipora remained cut off after Sadhna, Razdan, Phirkiyan passes and Z Gali were closed.
Pahalgam, famed health resort, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir also received fresh snowfall since early this morning. Due to early snowfall this time, we expect rush of tourists, particularly adventure lovers, said those associated with the tourism industry. Roads, tree and roof tops had turned white and group of tourists from Srinagar were seen taking photographs and playing with each other with snowballs.
The holy Amarnath cave shrine and its periphery besides Sheshnag, Panjterni, Pisso top, Mahaguns and Chandanwari, the last motorable halting station on traditional pilgrimage route, also received fresh snowfall.
Tourist resorts of Sonamarg on Srinagar-Leh national highway closed for the three days, also received fresh snowfall since early this morning. Large number of vehicles, including trucks carrying essentials for Ladakh region are stranded at Sonamarg due to closure of Ladakh highway.
The tourist resorts of Yusmarg, Kokernag and Charar-e-Sharief also experienced fresh snowfall since early this morning.
The plains, including Srinagar, also received about 50 mm rainfall during the past 24 hours resulting considerable drop in the minimum temperature.
The upper heights in central Kashmir districts of Badgam and Ganderbal also received snowfall and plains had rain.