Chill returns after fresh snowfall, rain in Kashmir

TNN Bureau. Updated: 4/17/2021 4:14:55 PM Regional News

Srinagar, Apr 17: Warm clothes are out yet again as chill made a come back after fresh snowfall in the upper heights while plains, including summer capital, Srinagar, were lashed by rains coupled with icy cold winds in the Kashmir valley on Saturday.

A Met department spokesman issued a fresh warning that there could be isolated thunderstorm and lightening with 30 km to 40 km gusty winds during the next 24 hours in the Kashmir valley, which could disrupt surface traffic on Srinagar-Jammu national highway due to landslides and shooting stones.

The weather woes will continue till April 23 as isolated, scattered and widespread rain is predicted by the Met spokesman.

After witnessing relatively summer like situation in February and March, when people removed their warm cloths and were seen wearing summer cloths, sweaters, jackets and other warm cloths are out again in the valley, including Srinagar on Saturday, when world famous ski resort of Gulmarg and all other heights received fresh snowfall. People residing near hills were again seen wearing “Pheran”( a woolen made gown) and using Kashmiri firepot “Kangri”.

Several roads, connecting dozens of far flung and remote areas in Kupwara and Bandipora, were closed due to fresh snowfall since early this morning.

However, despite fresh snowfall and other odds, security forces remained on guard at Line of Control (LoC) to foil any infiltration bid from Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK).

Gulmarg recorded fresh snowfall since early this morning after rain on Friday. The minimum temperature at ski resort was 0.5 degree, about two notches below normal. The maximum temperature yesterday was 3.5 degree which was 7.2 notches below normal. The upper reaches, including Seven Springs, Khilanmarg and Affarwat, the highest skiing point connected by Cable Car from base camp, received moderate snowfall.

Light to moderate snowfall was also received at Holy Amarnath cave shrine in south Kashmir Himalayas, and its periphery, Panjterni, Mahaguns, Pisso top and Sheshnag on traditional Pahalgam yatra route. The minimum temperature t famed health resort of Pahalgam was 3.4 degree while the maximum temperature yesterday was 13 degree, 5.8 degree below normal.

Life was thrown out of gear in Srinagar, where rain coupled with icy cold winds forced people to wear warm cloths. The minimum temperature in the city was 7.2 degree, about half a notch below normal while maximum temperature yesterday was 13.2 degree which was over eight notches below normal.

Reports of fresh snowfall were also received from different spots of historic Mughal road, which remained closed since December last year.

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