Mercury Rises As Kashmir Valley Braces For Season’s Major Snowfall

As Kashmir valley braces for season’s first major snowfall, the minimum temperature recorded an increase with mercury settling above sub-zero level at most places barring Gulmarg and Pahalgam on Wednesday.

Also higher reaches received fresh snowfall with Gulmarg receiving 6 cms of it in the 24 hours till 0830 hours today, a meteorological department official here told said . He said Srinagar, Pahalgam and Kupwara received light rainfall of 0.3mm, 1.1mm and 3.6mm respectively during the time.

Meanwhile, he said, Srinagar recorded a low of 3.5°C against last night’s 1.8°C. Today’s minimum temperature was 5.6°C above normal for the summer capital, he said.

Qazigund, he said, recorded a low of 1.6°C against minus 0.8°C. Today’s minimum temperature was 4.6°C above normal for the gateway town, he said.

Pahalgam, he said, recorded a low of minus 0.3°C against minus 3.2°C on the previous night. Today’s minimum temperature was 6.8°C above normal for the place, he said. The coldest night recorded this season in the famous tourist resort in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district was on January 2 when mercury plunged to minus 9.6°C.

Kokernag recorded a low of 0.7°C against minus 3.6°C on the previous night, he said. It was 4.3°C above normal for the place.

Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 3.0°C against minus 4.4°C on the previous night, the official said. It was 4.9°C above normal for the world famous skiing resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district that saw its coldest night this season on January 2 when minimum temperature plummeted to minus 10.0°C, the official said.

In Kupwara town, the mercury settled at 1.5°C against 2.9°C on the previous night in the north Kashmir area, he said. The official said that the temperature was 4.4°C above normal.