Higher reaches receive fresh snowfall, rains lash plains
Srinagar: Rains lashed plains while higher reaches of Kashmir received a spell of fresh snowfall on Sunday. People in summer capital Srinagar and other parts of the Valley woke up to a light spell of rain. However, the intensity of the rainfall increased as the day progressed.
Even as it continued raining in Srinagar and other plains of Kashmir till late evening, some higher reaches continued to receive snowfall. The Meteorological Department has predicted an improvement in weather from Monday.
As per the MeT officials, ski-resort Gulmarg in north Kashmir received almost 7 to 8 inches of snowfall, while half a foot deep snowfall had accumulated at Sonamarg till late evening. The inclement weather also lead to a drop in maximum temperature, as summer capital Srinagar on Sunday recorded 6.4 degrees Celsius, several notches below temperature recorded a day earlier.
Gulmarg also recorded a sharp dip in temperature and recorded day temperature at 3 degrees Celsius on Sunday. As per the MeT data, Srinagar recorded 11.3 millimeters of rainfall between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm on Sunday. Qazigund recorded 13.6 mm, Pahalgam 11.6 mm, Kupwara 9.7 mm, Kokernag 10.8 mm, Gulmarg 11.6 mm, Banihal 22.8 mm, Batote 13 mm, Katra 11.8 mm and Badarwah 6.4 mm rainfall between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm on Sunday, MeT data said. MeT officials said rains with thunderstorm and hail occurred at some places of Jammu region. He said “as expected moderate snow was received at many places of Kargil, Zanskar and on higher reaches of Leh district till late Sunday night”.
Director MeT, Sonam Lotus an overall improvement in weather was likely from Monday forenoon. “However, weather is likely to remain cloudy in both UTs of Ladakh and J&K. There's no forecast of any major snowfall during this spell of Western Disturbance” said Lotus. He said weather was likely to remain mainly dry with a rise in day temperatures and fall in minimum temperatures for the next 10 days.