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Light rains in JK plains, higher reaches receive snowfall

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An aerial view of snow covered areas in Kashmir. [FPK Photo/ Qayoom Khan]

Srinagar: Light rains lashed plains in Jammu and Kashmir while upper reaches including Gulmarg received fresh snowfall, officials said on Thursday.

A meteorological department official said that Srinagar received 2.9mm rainfall in the last 24 hours till 0830 hours today while the summer capital of the JK recorded a low of 2.2°C against last night’s 2.7°C.

Kashmir is presently under the grip of a 40-day long harshest period of winter, known locally as ‘Chillai Kalan, which started on December 21.

Gulmarg had about 8cms of fresh snowfall during the time and recorded a low of minus 5.0°C against minus 6.0°C on the previous night, he said. The temperature was 2.7°C above normal for this time of the year in the famous resort in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

Pahalgam, the famous resort in south Kashmir, had 4cms of snowfall and recorded a low of minus 0.6°C against minus 1.9°C last night, he said.

Qazigund, the gateway town of Kashmir, had 2mm of rainfall and recorded a low of 0.7°C against 1.3°C on the previous night, he said.

Kokernag, also in south Kashmir, also had 1.6mm of rain during the time and recorded a low of minus 0.1°C against 0.2°C on the previous night, the official said.

Kupwara town in north Kashmir received 3.4mm of rainfall during the time while it recorded a low of 1.2°C, same as on the previous night, the official said.

Jammu received 5.1mm of rainfall and recorded a low of 8.5°C against the previous night’s 9.1°C which is 1.4°C above normal for the JK’s winter capital during this time of the year, he said.

Banihal recorded a low of 1.4°C, Katra 7.5°C and Bhaderwah saw a minimum of 1.6°C, the official said.

Ladakh’s Leh recorded a low of minus 9.0°C against last night’s minus 11.4°C while the mercury in Kargil settled at minus 15.0°C.

Drass, the second coldest place in the world after Siberia, recorded a low of minus 15.9°C against last night’s minus 19.2°C, the official said.

Meanwhile, the MeT office has forecast a fresh spell of light rains and snow on weekend but ruled out any major wet weather by the end of this month.

 

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