Snow, rains continue in Kashmir valley
By: Javeed Bhat CK
Moderate snow has been witnessed in the higher reaches of Kashmir valley while heavy rains and the downpour of previous days has already resulted in water logging in a number of areas.
In this month of March, after a long time such heavy spells of rains have been witnessed in the entire Jammu and Kashmir especially in the plains of Kashmir valley.
It has not only dipped the temperature but has resulted in a lot of problems for those commuters who have to negotiate their way through water in the low lying areas of Kashmir.
According to PTI news agency the higher reaches of Kashmir, including the famous tourist destination of Gulmarg, received fresh snowfall on Wednesday, while the plains saw heavy rain, officials said. Gulmarg in north Kashmir recorded over 12 inches of fresh snowfall on Tuesday night, said weather officials. Intermittent snowfall continued in Gulmarg on Wednesday morning as well.
Other areas in the higher reaches of Kashmir Valley, including Sonmarg, in central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district and Pahalgam in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district, also received fresh snowfall, the weather officials added.
In Bandipora district of north Kashmir, Gurez and Razdhan Pass recorded nine and 19 inches of snowfall. According to the officials, in Kupwara district, also in the north, Sadhna Top and Z-Gali recorded about 12 inches of fresh snow, while about six inches were recorded in other areas in Karnah and Keran.
The officials said the plains in the Valley, including summer capital Srinagar, saw intermittent rainfall for the third consecutive day, causing water-logging in many areas.
The Meteorological Department said while the current system of widespread moderate to heavy rain or snow is likely to continue, there will be a significant improvement in the weather later in the day.
With inputs from PTI