Srinagar, Nov 3: Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, experienced snowfall on Saturday afternoon after heavy rains during the past 24 hours resulting in considerable drop in the mercury.
A Met department spokesman said here that there is possibility of very light rain or snow during the next 24 hours in Srinagar, where the maximum and minimum temperatures will remain below normal at 12 degree and two degree respectively.
After over 50 mm rainfall during the past 24 hours, Srinagar, where the 'Civil secretariat', seat of the government, including office of Governor, his advisors and top bureaucrats were closed to reopen in winter capital, Jammu, on November 5, received snowfall this afternoon. Despite chilly condition snowfall was much to the delight to residents besides tourists who witnessed the snowfall for the first time in their lives.
People have already started using electronic gadgets, wooden and gas bukharis for heating purpose. However, after the closing of Darbar, seat of the government, people are facing frequent power cuts almost after every ten to fifteen minutes despite directions from advisors to Governor to provide power supply to consumers 24X7 in the valley. Protests have already started in most places against the power failure.
The maximum temperature yesterday was in the city was 8.6 degree, 10.7 notches below normal while the minimum temperature on Saturday was 1.8 degree, about a notch below normal.
Majority of roads in the city were water-logged, affecting pedestrian and vehicular movement. Students, particularly lower classes were seen shivering despite wearing winter uniform. Due to no heating arrangements in most educational institutions students appearing examinations were facing difficulties. (UNI)