Snowfall in higher reaches causes dip in temperature

Rains lash plains; Srinagar records 10 degrees C; Mainly dry weather for next 10 days: MeT
Snowfall in higher reaches causes dip in temperature
Photo: Mubashir Khan/GK

Srinagar, Nov 5: The higher reaches of Kashmir on Friday witnessed this month's first snowfall, even as plains were lashed by light to moderate rains, bringing mercury down. Impact of the Western Disturbance, a phenomenon that brings change in weather, was seen more over north Kashmir parts than south Kashmir.

As per reports, Z-Gali in north Kashmir recorded around 4 inches of snow, while snow depth of 2 inches was recorded at Machil.

Gurez Valley was again covered in a white blanket as it recorded around half a foot of snow.

Following snowfall, vehicular movement was also suspended on Bandipora-Gurez road.

Mughal road was also closed for traffic movement after fresh snowfall of around 2 inches at Peer Ki Gali and surrounding areas.

Sonamarg, in Ganderbal district, also recorded light snowfall, while at Zojila pass fresh snow depth of 4 inches was reported.

Apart from intermittent showers, it remained mostly dry in south Kashmir plains. While, central and north Kashmir plains recorded intermittent rains throughout the day.

Meanwhile, Meteorological Department Srinagar has forecast mainly dry weather in Jammu and Kashmir for the next ten days.

Temperatures, rainfall:

Summer capital, Srinagar recorded a high temperature of 10 degrees Celsius on Friday, down from 17.6 degrees Celsius recorded on Thursday.

In the tourist resort of Gulmarg, the maximum temperature settled at 2.6 degrees Celsius, and remained the coldest recorded station in Jammu and Kashmir, MeT data said.

The night temperature in Qazigund in south Kashmir settled at a high of 11.6 degrees Celsius, compared to previous day's 17.8 degrees Celsius.

Pahalgam tourist destination, which also serves as a base camp for the annual Amarnath yatra in south Kashmir, recorded a maximum temperature of 8.8 degrees Celsius.

The maximum in Kupwara, in north Kashmir, went down from 19.3 degrees Celsius yesterday to settle at 8.5 degrees Celsius, while Kokernag town in south registered a high of 11.1 degrees Celsius.

Jammu city recorded 27.2 degrees Celsius, Katra 22.7 degrees Celsius, Batote 18.1 degrees Celsius, Banihal 16.2 degrees Celsius and Bhaderwah 17.8 degrees Celsius as the day’s highest temperatures.

As per MeT data, Srinagar recorded 3 millimeters of rainfall between 8:30 am and 5:30 while Pahalgam 0.8 mm, Kupwara 5.2mm, Gulmarg 13.6 mm rainfall till 5:30 pm on Friday.

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