Snowfall brings respite from cold

Another Spell On 16/17/18 January: Met Office

ZAHID MAQBOOL

Srinagar, Jan 12: Fresh snowfall brought respite from intense cold to Kashmir valley as night temperature rose considerably.
Most parts of the Valley had turned white with the snow which began falling around 6.00 am in the morning.
“Fresh snowfall was caused by the western disturbance prevailing in the area. Snow and rains will continue till Sunday afternoon. Thereafter there will be gradual improvement in the weather conditions. Another spell of snow is expected on 16, 17 and 18 January,” Aamir Ali, the Officer on Special Duty in Divisional Commissioner’s office said. The minimum temperature in the summer capital Srinagar settled at 0.4 degree Celsius, more than four notches up from yesterday’s minus 4.0 degree Celsius, as it received a snowfall of about half-an-inch, a spokesman of MET Department said.
He said the famous skiing resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir received a snowfall of about 2 inches, and the minimum temperature was up from yesterday’s minus 9.0 degree Celsius to minus 5.2 degree Celsius.
The spokesman said the night temperature in Pahalgam hill resort in south registered an increase of over six notches to settle at a low of minus 2.0 degree Celsius from the previous night’s minus 8.5 degree Celsius.
The resort, he added, received a snowfall of over an inch this morning.
The highway town of Qazigund in south Kashmir recorded a low of minus 0.7 degree Celsius, four degrees up from 4.8 degrees Celsius yesterday and received a snowfall of 0.5 inch.
The night temperature in Kokernag was minus 1.9 degree Celsius, up from minus 4.1 degrees Celsius the previous night and in north Kashmir’s Kupwara town the minimum settled at 0.4 degree Celsius, up from yesterday’s minus 3.6 degrees Celsius, he said, adding around half-an-inch snowfall was recorded at both the places.
The border area of Gurez received heavy snowfall of 14 inches and Lolab area of frontier district Kupwara received 6 inches of snow.  While Srinagar received around 2 inches of snow, Baramulla town and Sopore also received 2 to 3 inches of fresh snow.
A spokesman of Divisional Commissioner’s office said that most of the blocked roads were cleared after Mechanical Engineering Department pressed snow clearing machines into service.
Spokesman also said that except one Go Air flight which was scheduled in the morning was cancelled due to snow, all other fifteen flights operated normally.
Night temperature also increased in Leh town in the cold desert of Ladakh where the minimum settled at minus 12.6 degree Celsius.
The minimum in Leh the previous night was minus 17.0 degrees Celsius, he said.
Kargil, also in the frontier region of Ladakh, was the coldest recorded place in the state with a low of minus 17.4 degree Celsius, over a degree warm than minus 18.6 degrees Celsius the previous night. With inputs from PTI

Lastupdate on : Sat, 12 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 12 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 13 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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