Srinagar, November 30
Upper reaches in Kashmir Valley experienced fresh snowfall while rain lashed plains, including summer capital, Srinagar, ending four-month-long dry spell.
However, world famous ski resort of Gulmarg received rain and health resort of Pahalgam had cloudy skies since early morning. Meanwhile, there has been a drastic improvement in the night temperature though day chill continued to due snow and rain in Ladakh region and Kashmir valley.
A Met Department spokesman said here this afternoon that there could be rain or snow at isolated places during the next 24 hours in Jammu and Kashmir. The upper reaches in Gulmarg, including Kongdori, Khilanmarg and Affarwat, the highest skiing point connected by Cable Car, received fresh snowfall. Meanwhile, main Gulmarg received rain since early this morning resulting considerable dip in the day temperature, a hotelier said over the phone.
The upper reaches, including at Zojila, Meenmarg and other places also received fresh light snowfall though Srinagar-Leh highway, which connects Ladakh region with rest of the state, was through for traffic.
Baltal, base camp of holy Amarnath cave shrine also experienced snowfall today. However, moderate to heavy snowfall was experienced at holy cave and its periphery, Sheshnag, Mahaguns, Pisso top and Panjterni on traditional yatra route. Meanwhile, skies were cloudy in world famous health resort of Pahalgam, which witnessed a drastic improvement in the night temperature. Against minus 2.2 degree recorded yesterday, the temperature was 2.9 degree, which is around 3 notches above normal. Even though there was improvement in night temperature in Leh, the high desert city in Jammu and Kashmir, it was still the coldest place in the region. Against minus 4.6 degree recorded yesterday, the temperature was minus 3.1 degree. The night temperature recorded in the border town of Kargil was Zero degree though day chill continues to snowfall in the upper reaches. The night temperature also improvement in the summer capital Srinagar, where mercury surged and settled at 3.9 degree, which is four notches above normal. The night temperature recorded yesterday was minus 1.3 degree. However, the day chill continued in Srinagar due to cloudy skies and rain and people could be seen wearing woolen and warm clothes besides using gas heater and other gadgets for heating purpose. He said skies will be partly cloudy tomorrow at Leh in Ladakh region, where maximum and minimum temperatures will be around 8 degree and minus 5 degree respectively.