Wet days ahead: Weatherman

Gulmarg Shivers At -7.5 °C, Cold Wave To Continue

Publish Date: Dec 12 2012 12:00PM

Srinagar, Dec 11: Higher reaches of Kashmir received snowfall on Tuesday and plains were hit by intermittent rainfall even as the Meteorological Department forecast the weather will remain same in the coming days.
Kashmir continues to reel under intense cold wave as temperatures have dipped to below freezing point. “The temperature in most parts of the Valley will remain below normal during coming days and the weather is likely to remain cloudy,” said an official of the local Met Department.
Today the valley remained under clouds for the whole day, with higher reaches including Gulmarg, parts of Pir Panjal range and some area of Pahalgam receiving light snowfall and plains receiving intermittent rain.
“Gulmarg recorded one inch of snow and most parts of the valley received rain,” the Met official said.
Temperatures showed significant decrease with Leh recording minimum temperature of minus 12.4 degree and maximum of minus 0.8 degree Celsius.
The summer capital Srinagar recorded maximum temperature of 4.6 degree, four degree below normal and lowest of the season, and minimum of minus 1.7 degree Celsius.
The ski resort of Gulmarg recorded minimum temperature of minus 7.5 degree while tourist destination Pahalgam recorded a minimum temperature of minus 2.2 and maximum of 3 degree Celsius.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, SP Traffic Rural, Manzoor Ahmad Dalal said that traffic movement remained normal on Srinagar-Jammu Highway and the road is likely to remain open on Wednesday.
“As a precautionary measure, we have decided that no passenger vehicle would be allowed to pass the Banihal Tunnel after 5 pm, for that we have deputed our teams at Pantha Chowk and Anantnag (Islamabad),” he said.