Srinagar, Nov 03: Heavy rains are lashing plains and heavy snowing continues for the second consecutive day in the upper reaches of Kashmir valley including world famous tourist destinations Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonamarg.
A meteorological department official said “fresh snowing is continuing for the second consecutive day in Zojila Pass, Drass, Kargil, Sonamarg, Pahalgam and Gulmarg.”
He said “Fresh snowfall has occurred in Zojila Pass, Drass, Kargil, Sonamarg, Pahalgam and Gulmarg during the last 12 hours. Rains continued in the plains of the valley and the Jammu division during this period.” The weather is expected to improve from Saturday onwards.
Tourists in Gulmarg and Pahalgam hill stations were elated due to the snowfall.Snowfall in the higher reaches has sent chilly winds into the plains of the valley leading to a dip in the night temperatures.
The minimum temperature in Srinagar was 1.8 degrees Celsius while it was 0.4 and minus 3.0 in Pahalgam and Gulmarg respectively.
Leh town recorded 0.4 while Kargil was at minus 4.8 , the coldest town in the state on Saturday.Jammu city recorded 16.2 degrees Celsius, while in Katra 14.2, Batote 5.5, Bannihal 6.1 and Bhaderwah 6.0.