Srinagar: The upper reaches, including world famous tourist resort of Pahalgam, received fresh snowfall on Thursday while intermittent rain lashed plains in Kashmir valley, where the mercury settled below freezing point during the night.
World famous ski resort of Gulmarg was the coldest place in the region at minus 9.5 degree, followed by border town of Kargil, where the mercury during the night settled at minus 9.3 degree.
A Met department spokesperson told UNI that light rain or snow would occur at scattered places during the next 24 hours under the influence of a Western Disturbance (WD), which is action in the region.
However, he said the weather will again turn dry from Friday onwards, which could result in further dip in the night temperature due to open skies though mercury during the day could increase.
Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, received fresh light snowfall since Thursday morning though the night temperature improved due to overcast conditions. Against minus 5 degree recorded on Wednesday, the night temperature improved and settled at 1.5 degree, which is about 2 degree above normal.
The upper reaches in Pahalgam, including Chandanwari, the last motorable halting station for Amarnath cave shrine on traditional yatra route, also received fresh light to moderate snowfall. Amarnath cave shine and its periphery besides Sheshnag, Mahagung, Pisso top and Panjterni also received fresh snowfall.
Another health resort of Sonmarg on Srinagar-Leh national highway received light to moderate rain since early this morning, resulting in chilly weather conditions. But, Baltal, base camp of Amarnath yatra from the shortest yatra route, received fresh snowfall. Srinagar-Leh national highway, connecting Ladakh region with Kashmir valley, was closed due to accumulation of snow at Zojila, Zero-point, Meenmarg and other places on the highway.
Meanwhile, dozens of far-flung and remote villages near the Line of Control (LoC) — including border towns of Keran, Tangdhar and Gurez – remained cut off from their respective district headquarters due to accumulation of snow in north Kashmir.
Fresh snowfall was also received at Pir Ki Gali and other areas, on Mughal road, which remained closed for the second day. The historic Mughal road connects Shopian in south Kashmir with Rajouri and Poonch in Jammu region.
Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, was closed place in region after the mercury dipped 1.5 degree from Wednesday and settled at minus 9.5 degree, which is 5 degree below normal. However, sun greeted tourists in the afternoon in Gulmarg, where the ski slopes are coved over a foot of snow, resulting in some improvement in the day temperature though the ice cold winds continued. The ski resort was the only place in the valley there the maximum temperature recorded on Wednesday was below freezing point.
After the mercury remained about a degree above normal in the summer capital, Srinagar, people woke up to a rainy Thursday morning. However, sun came out in the afternoon in Srinagar though the weather remained chilly due to ice cold winds. Against 0.2 degree recorded on Wednesday, the night temperature in Srinagar was 0.1 degree.
The night temperature in Qazigund, gateway to the valley, Kupwara in north Kashmir and Kukernag was minus 0.2 degree, minus 2.8 degree and minus 1.2 degree, respectively.
The mercury in Kargil remained constant since Wednesday at minus 9.3 degree while the night temperature improved and settled at minus 8.9 degree, against minus 9.1 degree recorded in Leh.