Srinagar: Weather woes to continue during the next 24 hours before decrease in precipitation from January 14 in the Kashmir valley, where fresh snowfall since early Saturday resulted in considerable drop in the maximum temperature though minimum temperature was above normal due to overcast sky.
A Met department spokesman said here this evening that there could be light to moderate rain or snow at most places with heavy snowfall at isolated places in the Jammu and Kashmir during the next 24 hours.
However, he said, during the subsequent two days there could be decrease in precipitation to mainly dry weather on January 14.
He said mercury recorded drop during the day due to fresh snowfall while night temperature was above normal in the Kashmir, world famous ski resort of Gulmarg witnessed further drop in the maximum temperature and settled at minus 3.3 degree, lowest in the valley. However, the night temperature at the ski resort, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir was minus 6, two notches above normal . Gulmarg recorded moderate snowfall since last evening while the upper heights, including Khilanmarg, Kongdori and Affarwat, the highest skiing point connected by Cable Car from base camp witnessed heavy to very heavy snow.
The other areas in the north Kashmir, including Bandipora, Kupwara and areas near the Line of Control (LoC) also received six inches to about two feet of fresh snowfall. Dozens of far flung and remote areas remained cut off due to snow.
The world famous health resort of Pahalgam and other areas in south Kashmir also received fresh snowfall. Reports of snowfall were also received from holy Amarnath cave shrine and its periphery, Panjterni, Sheshnag, Mahaguns, Pisso top and Chandanwari, the last motorable halting station on traditional yatra route.
Reports of moderate to heavy snowfall were also received from central Kashmir district of Badgam besides Ganderbal, where authorities have directed people to travel in 4×4 vehicles. Fresh snowfall was also received at Sonamarg and Baltal, base camp of holy yatra, Kanagan and other heights.
Srinagar, the summer capital, also received fresh snowfall this morning turning roof tops, trees, electric wire and poles besides open field whites. Snowfall also affected air traffic at Srinagar International Airport.
Met spokesman said the sky would be generally cloudy and the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 5 and one degree during the next 24 hours.
The border town of Kargil and Leh in Ladakh region continued to shiver with minus 16.8 degree and minus 11.9 degree minimum temperature respectively. The maximum temperature at Leh was 3 degree while it was minus 1.9 degree respectively. He said the sky would be generally cloudy and the maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 2 degree and minus 10 degree at Leh during the next 24 hours.