Kashmir gets fresh snowfall in rural areas, rains in plains
By: Muzamil Bhat CK
Yet another snowfall has been witnessed in many areas of Kashmir valley while as rains have lashed plains not only the places like Srinagar city but also in many parts of Jammu region.
Snow has been witnessed also in the ski resort of Gulmarg and Pahalgam while as many other areas got the white blanket yet again in Kashmir valley.
Weather officials said that there are reports of rains in all the plains of Kashmir valley while as many parts of Jammu region also received rains.
According to GNS in its weather report on Monday, it has said about the weather conditions as follows.
A meteorological department official said that Srinagar, the summer capital of the J&K, had 0.8mm of rainfall during the last 24 hours till 0830 hours today and recorded a low of 2.2°C against last night’s 2.8°C, he said.
Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, had no rain or snowfall and recorded a low of 0.6°C against 1.2°C on the previous night, he said.
Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, had a low of minus 1.3°C against 0.1°C on the previous night, the official said.
Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, received 11.3 cms (around 4.5 inches) of fresh snowfall and recorded a low of minus 0.5°C against minus 3.7°C last night, he said.
Gulmarg received 14 cms (5.5 inches) of snow and recorded a low of minus 5.0°C against minus 7.5°C on the previous night, he said.
The temperature was 0.7°C below normal for this time of the year in the famous resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district, he said.
Kupwara town in north Kashmir, which received 6.9mm of rain, recorded a low of 0.7°C against 1.1°C on the previous night, the official said.
While the ‘Chillai Kalan’, the 40-day long harshest period of winter ended on January 30, Kashmir is under the grip of the 20-day long ‘Chillai Khurd’ which would be followed by 10-day-long ‘Chilla Bachha’.
Jammu received traces of rain and recorded a low of 10.5°C against previous night’s 6.6°C, the official said. The temperature was 1.0°C above normal for the J&K’s winter capital during this time of the year, he said.
Banihal recorded a low of 3.0°C, Batote had a minimum of 2.2°C while Bhaderwah recorded a low of 2.2°C, the official said.
Ladakh’s Leh recorded a low of minus 11.0°C against last night’s minus 11.4°C while mercury at automatic station in Kargil settled at minus 12.5°C. Drass, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded a low of minus 10.9°C against last night’s minus 17.9°C, official said.
The weatherman has forecast “erratic weather” with occasional snowfall at scattered places till February 8.
With GNS inputs