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Gulmarg, Pahalgam receive fresh snowfall, plains witness rain

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Srinagar: The higher reaches of the Kashmir Valley received fresh snowfall on Thursday with the ski resort of Gulmarg recording five inches of fresh powder. According to the meteorological department, the minimum temperature across the valley was recorded above freezing point.

In Gulmarg, the temperature dipped below freezing point and the area received fresh snowfall, the official of the department said. Pahalgam, another famous tourist destination also received light snowfall. There were reports of snowfall in other higher reaches also.

The plains, including summer capital Srinagar received rainfall.

Srinagar recorded a minimum temperature of 1.7 degrees Celsius, while Qazigund, the gateway town to the valley, in south Kashmir registered a low of 2 degrees Celsius, the official said.

He said the night temperature in Kokernag, in south Kashmir, settled at 1.9 degrees Celsius, while Kupwara town in north recorded the minimum of 1.3 degrees Celsius.

The health resort of Pahalgam, which also serves as one of the base camps for the annual Amarnath Yatra, recorded a low of 0.6 degree Celsius last night, the official said.

He said Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 5 degrees Celsius and was the coldest recorded place in the valley and the second coldest in Jammu and Kashmir, colder even than Kargil in Ladakh region.

Kargil recorded a low of minus 3 degrees Celsius, while the nearby Leh town was the coldest recorded place in the state at minus 7.8 degrees Celsius.

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