Winter eases in northern plains; fresh snow in Kashmir hills

Cold conditions marginally eased in north India with the mercury settling above normal levels in many areas today even as higher reaches of Kashmir received fresh snowfall and the plains of the Valley experienced rains.

It was a fairly warm day in the national capital with the maximum temperature being recorded 26.8 degrees Celsius, four notches above the season’s average. The minimum temperature settled at 10.2 degrees Celsius, normal for this time of the year, said a MeT department official.

Fifteen north-bound trains were reported to be running late due to foggy conditions in early hours. Flight operations at Delhi airport remained normal.

Many areas in the higher reaches of Kashmir, including the tourist resorts of Gulmarg and Pahalgam, received fresh snowfall while the plains of the Valley experienced rains.

There were reports of snowfall in many areas in the higher reaches of Kashmir including in Peer Ki Gali on Mughal Road in Shopian, Sonamarg, Amarnath Cave Shrine, Razdan Pass, Sadhna Top and Gurez, an official of the Meteorological Department in Srinagar said.

Fresh snowfall was also recorded in Gulmarg where 20 cm of snow had accumulated during the night. About 8 cm of fresh snow was recorded in Pahalgam hill resort. (AGENCIES)

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