Snowfall in many parts of Kashmir

Srinagar, Jan 24 (PTI) After fresh snowfall, most parts of Kashmir recorded a drop in the minimum temperature, though it was still a few notches above the season’s normal temperature at most places except Gulmarg. Officials gave this information on Monday.

Officials said snowfall occurred in many areas of the valley, especially in south Kashmir. He said that the famous tourist destination Pahalgam received about five inches of snowfall, while Kokernag received about two inches of snow. He said the famous ski resort of Gulmarg recorded about five inches of snowfall.

He said that there are reports of snowfall in some other upper areas of the valley including Sonmarg. Officials said the administration has deployed personnel and machinery to clear the snow. A drop in the minimum temperature was recorded at most places in the Valley on Sunday night.

Officials said the minimum temperatures were also several notches above normal for this season at most places.

The summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, Srinagar, recorded a minimum temperature of 2.8 degrees Celsius, up from 0.4 degrees Celsius the previous night, he said.

Gulmarg recorded a low of minus 9.5 degrees Celsius, as against minus 6 degrees Celsius the previous night. He said Pahalgam, which also serves as the base camp for the annual Amarnath Yatra, recorded a minimum temperature of minus 0.8 degrees Celsius, up from minus 1.2 degrees Celsius the previous night.

Officials said the minimum temperature in Qazigund was recorded at 0.2 degrees Celsius, while it was minus 0.5 degrees Celsius in adjoining South Kashmir’s Kokernag.

The Meteorological Department has forecast light rain and snowfall at isolated places for the next two days.

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