Srinagar, Jan 12: World famous ski rest of Gulmarg, tourist resort of Pahalgam and other parts of Kashmir valley received fresh snowfall, resulting in chilly weather conditions.
However, the night temperature improved and settled above normal at most places in the valley, where light to heavy snow is predicted during the next 24 hours under the influence of a fresh Western Disturbance (WD), which is active in the region.
A Met department spokesperson told UNI that heavy snowfall would occur at isolated places while light to moderate snowfall would occur at most places in the valley during the next 24 hours.
Drass was the coldest place in the region at minus 16.5 degree, followed by Leh, where the mercury settled at minus 11.8 degree.
Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, received fresh snow, resulting in further dip in the day temperature. Kongdori and Apharwat, the highest point of the cable car project in Gulmarg, also received moderate to heavy snowfall. The night temperature in the ski resort settled at minus 8.2 degree. “Despite snow since early this morning, the tourists are out on ski slopes, which are already covered under several feet of snow, enjoying different activities,” a hotelier told UNI over the phone.
The upper reaches in Pahalgam, including Chandanwari, received very light snowfall. Amarnath cave shine and its periphery, besides Sheshnag, Mahagung, Pisso top and Panjterni, also received light to moderate snowfall.
Many other parts of north Kashmir also received fresh snowfall. Sadna Top and Z-gali received about 1 feet of fresh snow since last night.
The night temperature at Qazigund, gateway to the valley, Kupwara in north Kashmir and tourist resort of Kokernag settled at minus 3.4 degree, minus 2.3 degree and minus 4 degree, respectively. (UNI)