Srinagar, Dec 23: Upper reaches of Kashmir valley received light snowfall on Thursday even as temperature rose considerably across J&K due to the overnight cloud cover with most places in Kashmir Valley recording above-sub-zero temperature.
An official said that 2-3 inches of snowfall were reported in Gulmarg, Tangmarg and Baba Reshi in north Kashmir's Baramulla district till 4 am this morningmorning even as the mechanical engineering wing of the R&B Department swung into action to clear the road.
Only vehicles having 4x4 facility or vehicles fixed with snow chains on tyres, shall be allowed to move between Tangmarg and Gulmarg to prevent skidding of the vehicles,” the official said.
In neighbouring Bandipora district, 12 cm of fresh snow had accumulated at Sadhna pass while 10 cm snow each had accumulated at Furkain and Z Gali forcing closure of Bandipora-Gurez road, news agency GNS reported.
Meanwhile, a meteorological department official told GNS that Srinagar, the summer capital of J&K recorded a low of 2.6 against last night’s minus 1.8°C. It was after several days that the mercury rose above normal sub-zero level and today’s temperature was 4.6°C above normal for this time of the year.
Kashmir is presently under the 40-day long harshest period of winter, known locally as ‘Chillai Kalan, which started from December 21. It is followed by a 20-day long ‘Chillai Khurd’ and a 10-day-long ‘Chilla Bachha’.
The mercury in the world famous resort of Gulmarg in north Kashmir's Baramulla district settled at minus 3.7°C against minus 4.0°C on the previous night, the official said. It was 2.1°C above normal for the famous resort which is presently teeming with visitors.
Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, had a low of 0.8°C against minus 3.°C on the previous night, he said.
Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, recorded a low of 0.3°C against minus 5.2°C on previous night.
Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, recorded a low of 0.7°C against minus 1.9°C on previous night, the official said.
Kupwara town in north Kashmir recorded a minimum of 2.6°C against minus 2.9°C on the previous night, the official said.
Jammu, the J&K’s winter capital, saw a low of 9.3°C which is 6.8°C below normal, he said.
Ladakh’s Leh had a low of minus 6.6°C against last night’s minus 12.4°C while automatic Kargil station recorded minimum of minus 6.1°C. Drass in Kargil, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded a low of minus 9.6°C, the official said.
“Due to a feeble Western Disturbance, weather is most likely to remain generally cloudy in both J&K and Ladakh with chances of light snowfall at scattered places of Kashmir(over higher reaches, not plains) Kargil district (Zojila-Drass, Parkachik- Penzila) and over hilly areas of Jammu region during 23rd and 24th,” the official said, adding, “A snow spell of greater intensity is most likely during 26(Evening) to 28(Forenoon) with Main Activity on 27th.” Except this, the official said, “there's No forecast of any Major Snow spell in both J&K and Ladakh in December.”