SRINAGAR: World famous ski resort Gulmarg and some other upper reaches received fresh snowfall while rain lashed plains in Kashmir valley on Friday, resulting in chilly weather conditions.

However, the night temperature improved and settled above normal at most places in the valley, where there is weather warning issued for the next 48 days.

A Met department spokesperson told that isolated heavy rain or snow and lightning with gusty winds at 30-40 km per hour speed would occur during the next 48 hours under the influence of a Western Disturbance (WD), which is active in the region. “During this time light to moderate rain and snow would also occur at most places in the valley,” he added.

Gulmarg, about 55 km from here in north Kashmir, received fresh snow since early this morning, resulting in further dip in the day temperature. Kongdori and Apharwat, the highest point of the cable car project in Gulmarg, also received light snowfall. However, Gulmarg, which is known for its ski slopes and the quality of snow, is deserted due to the lock down to curtain spread of Coronavirus.

Despite incessant intermittent rain overnight, the night temperature improved and settled above normal in the summer capital, Srinagar. People in the city woke up to a chilly and rainy Friday morning. Incessant rain continued throughout the day in Srinagar, where streets and markets remained deserted due to a complete lock down to curtail spread of Coronavirus.

The Met spokesperson said that there would be light to moderate rain during the next 24 hours in Srinagar, where maximum and minimum temperatures would be around 12 degree and 6 degree, respectively.

World famous health resort of Pahalgam, about 100 km from here in south Kashmir, received rain since wee hours on Friday, resulting in dip in the day temperature. However, the upper reaches in Pahalgam, including Chandanwari, received very light snowfall. Amarnath cave shine and its periphery, besides Sheshnag, Mahagung, Pisso top and Panjterni, also received light snowfall.

Other parts of the valley, including tourist resort of Kokernag, Kupwara in north Kashmir and Qazigund, gateway to the valley also received rain since last night.

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