Srinagar: World famous ski resort of Gulmarg and some other upper reaches received fresh snowfall while rain lashed plains in Kashmir, resulting in dip in the day temperature.
Meanwhile, the night temperature remained below normal across Kashmir valley, where rain and snow is predicted till Friday.
A Met department spokesperson said that light rain and snow would occur during the next 48 hours at fairly widespread places in the valley. “Rain and snow would occur at isolated places on Friday in Kashmir,” he said, adding the weather will remain dry during the subsequent three days from Saturday.
However, he said a fresh Western Disturbance (WD), which originated from the Arabian Sea and will approach through Afghanistan and Pakistan, will hit the region on March 19. “Under the influence of the WD, more rain and snow would occur in the region,” he added.
The ski slopes at Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, received fresh snowfall since early this morning, much to the delight of skiers and tourists, who were out enjoying various snow activities. The maximum temperature in the ski resort was over 3 degree below normal.
“Despite below normal day temperature due snow, tourists, including foreigners, were out on snow-bound slopes, enjoying various activities, including skiing,” a hotelier told UNI over the phone.
He said Kongdori and Apharwat, the highest point of the cable car project in Gulmarg, also received light snowfall.
After witnessing a bright sunny day on Tuesday, people woke up to a chilly Wednesday morning in the summer capital, Srinagar. As the day progressed, Srinagar received light rain, resulting in further dip in the maximum temperature, which settled about 5 degree below normal. Sun played hide and seek during the day, though the weather remained wet most of the time. The night temperature in Srinagar dipped and settled at 1.8 degree, against 2.4 degree recorded on Wednesday.
World famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 from here in south Kashmir, received rain since Monday morning, resulting in dip in the maximum temperature, which settled about 4 degree below normal.
However, the upper reaches in Pahalgam, including Chandanwari, the last motorable halting station for Amarnath cave shrine on the traditional yatra route, received fresh light to moderate snowfall. Amarnath cave shine and its periphery, besides Sheshnag, Mahagung, Pisso top and Panjterni, also received moderate to heavy snowfall.